Militants from the Islamic State killed 80 men from the Yazidi sect in the village of Kojo in northern Iraq after they refused to convert to Islam.
It was reported that the IS militants had stormed the villages and stayed there for five days trying to persuade the Yazidis to convert to Islam. After they refused, the rounded the men up and executed them. It was reported that Islamist State militants also kidnapped 100 women and girls.
Senior Kurdish official Hoshyar Zebari confirmed the attack on the Yazidi civilians, saying that the abducted villagers may be been taken to Tal Afar, an IS stronghold. Zebari commented on the incident to Reuters saying ‘We believe it’s because of their creed: convert or be killed.”
According to Iraq’s Human Rights Minister, Mohamed Shia’ Al-Sudani, nearly 500 Yazidis were killed in Iraq as Islamic State militants have waged an offensive campaign against ethnic minorities in the northern part of the country.
In a previous incident, IS militants forced thousands of Christians to flee the city of Mosul after they issued similar threats against them, asking them to convert, pay a specific tax for non-Muslims, or face death.
Thousands upon thousands of ethnic minorities of men, women and children are being slaughtered on a daily basis as the black flag of the Islamic State looms over Iraqi lands. Pin-point targeting of Christian and Yazidi minorities, not to mention the Shiite majority, is considered a “duty of Jihad” by the Islamic State to establish the so-called “New Islamic Caliphate”.
Many areas in northern Iraq and Syria have fallen to the hands of the Islamic State, a group which declared an Islamic Caliphate over the land that have fallen under their control in the last several months.