ISIS sweep forces religious minority to die of thirst on mountain

posted at 8:41 am on August 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Not Christians or Shi’ites this time, but the Yazidis, whose numbers reach as high as 600,000 in Iraq — and dropping, especially in Sinjar. The sacking of Sinjar has forced the Yazidis to flee to nearby Mount Sinjar to escape brutal execution.  What they face on the mountain is a death just as certain, though, and perhaps as torturous:

Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.

Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children.

Unable to dig deep into the rocky mountainside, displaced families said they have buried young and elderly victims of the harsh conditions in shallow graves, their bodies covered with stones. Iraqi government planes attempted to airdrop bottled water to the mountain on Monday night but reached few of those marooned.

“There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads,” said Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.”

Most of those who fled Sinjar are from the minority Yazidi sect, which melds parts of ancient Zoroastrianism with Christianity and Islam. They are considered by the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State to be devil worshippers and apostates.

The Yazidis themselves appear to be mainly ethnic Kurds, and isolate themselves from other sects similarly to those sects’ desire to keep them isolated. According to a profile in the Christian Science Monitor, they have the same traditions of strict enforcement against apostasy as seen in Islam’s shari’a law, but generally keep to themselves.

This, however, is nothing more than brutal mass murder and ethnic cleansing. ISIS want to purge every potential threat to its authority from the territories they have captured. They already openly brag about mass executions and imposition of their version of shari’a. Penning up to 40,000 men, women, and children on a mountain to watch them die of thirst is a new low even for ISIS.

The Iraqi government struck back today, although against ISIS in Mosul rather than Sinjar:

Iraq’s state TV says a government airstrike in the militant-held northern city of Mosul killed 60 fighters from the extremists Islamic State group.

The TV says the strike at dawn on Wednesday targeted a prison in downtown Mosul used by the Islamic State as a religious court and detention facility.

The report says 60 militants were killed and about 300 people who were in the militants’ custody were set free. It cited intelligence officials but provided no further information.

ISIS has purged Christians from their ancient communities in Mosul and the Nineveh province over the last several months. The war in Gaza has distracted the West for the last few weeks, but with that war now paused at the very least, perhaps it’s time to start shifting our gaze back to the much more dangerous situation in Iraq and Syria, where the death tolls already dwarf what has been seen in Gaza.

We’ve spent a lot of time intervening in the Gaza war. What has the US done about ISIS, which poses much more of a threat to the US and the West, in a country where our presence might have made a difference? According to former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Jack Keane, we’re “sitting on our hands” while “the most significant threat to the Middle East” rampages across Iraq:


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Meanwhile, Kerry bloviates about AGW to African leaders.

22044 on August 6, 2014 at 8:44 AM

People who believe in ‘Global Warming’ or ‘Climate Change’ = Communists

redguy on August 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Meanwhile, Kerry worries about AGW while ISIS is really changing the globe, for the worse…..

The American military will become a laughingstock once Kerry & Obama are done with it.

I feel for the real patriots in the military, they must be going nuts.

redguy on August 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

22044 on August 6, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Considering Kerry’s ( and this entire administration) track record, its probably better that he stays away.

At this point, those being attacked by ISIS greatly outnumber ISIS. This would be over quickly if they got together and went after ISIS.

They won’t do that.

cozmo on August 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Where are the Iraqi men?

docflash on August 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Meanwhile, Kerry bloviates about AGW to African leaders.

22044 on August 6, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Obama is so excited about Beyoncé breaking up with JayZ he played an extra two rounds of golf yesterday.

Biden is walking around with his pants off, yelling at the female secret service agents, “Who’s going to run the flag up the flag pole today? (Wink. Wink)”

albill on August 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Fascist Leader is doing what he set out to do.The Muslimization of the world and a LGBT military.

jeffinsjvca on August 6, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Gorebal Warming has caused Barack Obama to unexpectedly quit working

J_Crater on August 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

So, Jugears will come to the aid of the Egyptians and Syrians, but not people being tortured through dehydration along with children. I guess he believes if he doesn’t talk about it, it isn’t real. Despicable! Can’t change that narrative, can we…douche!

Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I don’t even know where to go with this…

Because of this administration’s gross ineptitude, thousands of men, women and children are dying a prolonged, tortorous death on a mountainside somewhere. They igored the rise of Islamic terrorists, LIED about it repeatedly just to win an election, abandsoned Iraq and now Barry has his own personal holocaust of which to proud.

I hope he chokes on it.

dpduq on August 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

The world has a problem – and no leadership to address it. Not good.

jake-the-goose on August 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

We should air-drop food, water, guns and ammunition to them. At least give hem a fighting chance.

Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

I’m sure the United Nations will fault Israel for this.

sentinelrules on August 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Saving bullets no doubt…

Culture of Death!

workingclass artist on August 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I wish John Kerry would fly into Mosul personally to negotiate with ISIS. By himself, with no security.

That’d work.

Tom Servo on August 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

After ISIS hits the US, we can’t say we didn’t know.

Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

It’s brutal, ISIS is attacking the lines of civilian vehicles and people on foot who are trying to escape the area, just raking them with fire.

My Care Meter is barely registering but it’s registering enough that I wouldn’t mind seeing Puff the Magic Dragon doing a dance number on ISIS whenever they’re grouped together.

Bishop on August 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

We should air-drop food, water, guns and ammunition to them. At least give hem a fighting chance.
Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Obama will airdrop in “Join the Muslim Brotherhood” flyers.

albill on August 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Tom Servo on August 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Careful what you wish for.

People over there remember the last time there was an administration this weak. The propaganda victory will be worth more than leading to an administration they fear.

cozmo on August 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I can’t believe this is where we are. I guess that Nobel Peace Prize had an expiration date also. We have a pig for a president.

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

You won’t see a lot of MSM coverage on this. It’s not something serious like someone burning a Koran.

bw222 on August 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

I wouldn’t mind seeing Puff the Magic Dragon doing a dance number on ISIS whenever they’re grouped together.

Bishop on August 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Puff is so old school. This is something ISIS would understand.

cozmo on August 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Obama is so excited about Beyoncé breaking up with JayZ he played an extra two rounds of golf yesterday.

Biden is walking around with his pants off, yelling at the female secret service agents, “Who’s going to run the flag up the flag pole today? (Wink. Wink)”

albill on August 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Be fair. Biden has been busy offering advice to what he calls “the nation of Africa.”

Drained Brain on August 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Can’t the US get at least some humanitarian aid in? Airlifted food or water?

I sent a donation to World Relief Seattle which repatriates Iraquis, but I think this is beyond the scope of what they do.

Is the UN trying to help at all? Or are they focussed on helping the poor Palestinian terrorists hanging their children to fences to deter the IDF from firing at buildings?

talkingpoints on August 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

The only religions the Obama Regime concerns itself with are:

1. The Obamaworship “religion” a.k.a. the official Established “religion” of the United States.

2. The muslim brotherhood form of islam.

ConstantineXI on August 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

After ISIS hits the US, we can’t say we didn’t know.

Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Nothing to worry about. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has assured us that border security is stronger than ever. The border surge is simply a figment of our imagination.

bw222 on August 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

This is what Dear Liar wants.

rbj on August 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Someone should air drop some of those COEXIST bumper stickers to those people.

Galtian on August 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Yes, but the Jews………………

Techster64 on August 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

So, Jugears will come to the aid of the Egyptians and Syrians, but not people being tortured through dehydration along with children. I guess he believes if he doesn’t talk about it, it isn’t real. Despicable! Can’t change that narrative, can we…douche!

Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

He’s not doing anything because by doing something he would be admitting he f’d up in Iraq.

wifarmboy on August 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

The deeply held post-America agenda is breathtaking to observe.
:-(
Beware the one who has the all of answers, for all of the problems.
Worldwide ‘Peace and safety’ may be a ways off, yet, but, still ….

pambi on August 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Obama didn’t say one word that I know of about the 2 star general being slain. Now he won’t comment or do anything on this ugly situation. This man is worse than Stalin. I hate this man with every ounce of me that exists.

garydt on August 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I thought Islam was a “peaceful” religion you talk about cruel here it is.

sorrowen on August 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

A malignant narcissist has a highly adapted ability to ignore anything that doesn’t fit his mental world construct. He turns this off easily. Sociopaths do not feel guilt. Are unable to actually have true compassion. But are able to effectively model it to achieve his ends, and desire for attention and adulation. These people are dead to him.

Cliff by the Ford on August 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The report says 60 militants were killed and about 300 people who were in the militants’ custody were set free.

Wow…..the Iraqis have better intel and bombing skills than the Israelis. Killing only the 60 “militants” and freeing all the 300 innocents without harm.

BL@KBIRD on August 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

guess he believes if he doesn’t talk about it, it isn’t real.

Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

BINGO! And in his own mind he is doing a great job. The only people this douche represents are himself and Vajayjay. Worse than Carter? Hell, worse than Pol Pot or Kim Jung On!

NOMOBO on August 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Because, it’s the “Right thing to do!” How this phrase of his creeps me out more and more whenever he utters it. I think of the movie Scanners. Be glad he isn’t one.

Cliff by the Ford on August 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM

If they are waiting for Obama to come rescue them they’ll be better off waiting for Jesus instead.

At least Jesus will show up eventually.

myiq2xu on August 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

guess he believes if he doesn’t talk about it, it isn’t real.
Patriot Vet on August 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM
BINGO! And in his own mind he is doing a great job. The only people this douche represents are himself and Vajayjay. Worse than Carter? Hell, worse than Pol Pot or Kim Jung On!
NOMOBO on August 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Yeah, neither one of those amateurs brought the US military to its knees, and simultaneously set the world on fire.

Cliff by the Ford on August 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

ISIS needs to be bombed. If we are able to ID where they are, we should bomb them. Announce nothing. Just bomb them and leave the survivors to wonder where the next bomb will fall and who did it.

forest on August 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

You know – terrorize them. This business of always announcing what we do and announcing troop levels and trying to set up democracy etc needs to stop. Military action should be punitive and should not be talked about much – if at all.

forest on August 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

My Care Meter is barely registering but it’s registering enough that I wouldn’t mind seeing Puff the Magic Dragon doing a dance number on ISIS whenever they’re grouped together.

I didn’t think you were old enough to know puff.It’s quite a display,actually it’s lovely to watch.

celtic warrior on August 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Weird not a peep from brainfree or foolrepublica.

HumpBot Salvation on August 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

If the base of the mountain is so encircled that they can’t leave the mountain, then there’s a shitload of savages at the foot of a mountain that’s a perfect opportunity to carpet bomb the crap out of them.

Midas on August 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Wow…..the Iraqis have better intel and bombing skills than the Israelis. Killing only the 60 “militants” and freeing all the 300 innocents without harm.

BL@KBIRD on August 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Well, that’s not exactly what the story says…

“The TV said 60 militants were killed in the strike and about 300 people who were in the militants’ custody were set free. The report did not say if there were other casualties besides the militants and did not say who freed the prisoners or how.”

Why would you a) paint this as a ‘perfect score’ scenario despite the actual story, in order to b) throw shade at Israel?

If you have to lie or exaggerate the scenario to make your point, then your point isn’t very solid to begin with, eh?

Midas on August 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

This article clearly indicates the tactics and belief ISIS is the Supreme Islamic Authority in the World and will enforce their authority via allowing the religious minority to die of thirst on mountain enemy has no regard of the outside World.

In lieu of this article and history if ISIS does not experience opposition from all Islamic sect and others in the region ISIS will continue to do what it wants to maintain and gain power.

MSGTAS on August 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

We’ll force the world to spiff up on this global warming thing and this LGBTXYZ thing, and all will be well.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM

and i thought HE was suppose to be the president of the world. ISIS has been marching for over 2-3 months now and not a single word to address the situation about the people who are suffering. But if a muslim or a black kid suffers any pain he’ll be on tv telling us how its unacceptable.

phatfawzi on August 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I can’t believe this is where we are. I guess that Nobel Peace Prize had an expiration date also. We have a pig for a president.

Cindy Munford on August 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

The Nobel Prize Committee believes in peace through weakness and nonintervention. We can see how well that works right now; but it has been self-evident through history. One has to wonder how these committee members who gave a Nobel peace prize to Yasser Arafat and to a man nominated for his peace prize before he even took office get their slots on the Committee.

KW64 on August 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I wouldn’t think Obama would consider dropping some supplies to these poor people. He probably has to think about it for a while, lest he irritate his ISIS friends.

spullon on August 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

…. So peaceful… So moderate… So tolerant…let’s let millions of them flood into our country.
And please no talk of these are a few extremists… At it’s core this is EXACTLY what islam is and when enough of them gather what it ALWAYS reverts to… There are no examples of it not happening in the last 1500 years

Caseoftheblues on August 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Obama didn’t say one word that I know of about the 2 star general being slain. Now he won’t comment or do anything on this ugly situation. This man is worse than Stalin. I hate this man with every ounce of me that exists.

garydt on August 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

As soon as he hear about these things on the news, he will get right on it. I fault Valerie Gerald. If she would give the order to wire that golf cart with SAT TV, he would hear about this stuff sooner.

I know the dems don’t want to get involved in the fighting but we could easily help those people on the mountain. We have everything needed to save them and it’s all just one hour away. However, you would have to employ proper Force Protection measures, which would likely result in sending several hundred ISIS fighters to the land of 72 virgins. That’s why Obama won’t do it.

Alabama Infidel on August 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Obama to US Military Personnel / Vets:
“Thank you for your years of service, your massive effort, your sacrifices of life, limb, time away from family, coming back home physicall and mentally scarred, in successfully liberating Iraq over several years….but I am going to sit back now and let this powerful new terrorist organization called ISIS that we have been watching form sweep through and seize most of Iraq in a matter of weeks, slaughtering anyone who does not believe like they do, executing christians, engaging in female gentalia mutilation, etc…undoing everything you sacrificed for, bled for…died for. Oh, and by the way, if the VA doesn’t get back to you right away regarding that medical care you were promised and desperately need….just be patient. If you don’t die first they will eventually get you a medical appointment in a year…or two….someday….”

easyt65 on August 6, 2014 at 11:02 AM

garydt on August 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

This is an AWESOME point. THIS is how much he cares about the military, the DEFENDERS of the Constitution he tramples and the country he so much wanted to ‘fundamentally change’.

easyt65 on August 6, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Masada redux.

formwiz on August 6, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Under Bush, enough of our trusted allies trusted the U.S. that we could head off shit like this. Under O’Bozo the Clown President no one trusts a word we say. They watch as we sit back and say stupid shitand so see what happened to the Unites States of America. I think they miss us. A lot.

Jaibones on August 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Typo. And wonder what happened …

Jaibones on August 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Cell phones make for bad commenting

Jaibones on August 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Elections have consequences. Electing someone of the moral caliber of obama, highly adverse ones. America’s choices affect the globe, and our electorate isn’t close to being worthy of such an honor. Be certain of this: to whom much is given, much will be required, or what has been given will be taken away.

paul1149 on August 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM

At least Obama isn’t arming ISIS anymore. We did stop doing that, right?

forest on August 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

3 hours later and still no comment from brainfree or foolrepublica condemning the actions of ISIS.

Weird.

HumpBot Salvation on August 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Beware the one who has the all of answers, for all of the problems.

pambi on August 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Yep.

I know that people of all eras have thought they were living in the end time, but never before have all the signs lined up and been fulfilled as they are at this time. It’s really amazing, frightening, bizarre… That I should live to see such times? God have mercy.

pannw on August 6, 2014 at 12:07 PM

3 hours later and still no comment from brainfree or foolrepublica condemning the actions of ISIS.

Weird.

HumpBot Salvation on August 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Don’t hold your breath. The cowards won’t comment, ever, because privately they rejoice at the death of the innocents in Iraq because it furthers their political agenda. It’s all fine and dandy if the “wrong” brown people die senselessly and in horrific ways. Maybe they feel a twinge of remorse but even then, the slain Iraqis are regarded as some of Lenin’s famous “broken eggs.” They had to die so that the world can continue merrily along the path to the Socialist Utopia which inevitably ends in tyranny, oppression, and death on an industrial scale.

TarasBulbous on August 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

At least Obama isn’t arming ISIS anymore. We did stop doing that, right?

forest on August 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM

He doesn’t need to anymore. After Iraq’s army of Bergdahls ran away from the fight they looted enough of their abandoned American equipment and munitions to last them for years.

Walter Sobchak on August 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

“What has the US done about ISIS, which poses much more of a threat to the US and the West…”

Besides arming them…?

Paul: ISIS emboldened after US armed its allies in Syria

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

This is what Islam looks like. Everywhere.

There are no moderate Muslims. Only liars and apostates.

Rusty Nail on August 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Hey! Over here! The 4th Reich. Anyone?

MCGIRV on August 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

With the rise of IS, we are watching the greatest evil to confront the world, since the Nazis. Hello….world……are you awake?

kjatexas on August 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Jesus wept. This keeps getting worse.

I don’t care what anyone thinks about the Iraq War and its causes and consequences …. because at this point the one thing that is undeniable is that our utter failure to act to stop ISIS is going to haunt our country for a century.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Why would any ally ever trust us again?

Last time I commented I was baffled. Now I’m just pissed.

Obama has failed at every thing he has touched thus far, but this is beyond failure.

Professor Blather on August 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Oh – and for those lucky enough not to have spent time there, be advised that almost all of our units, at least in the north, relied almost entirely on Kurdish translators.

Kurds love us. Kurds adore America. I freakin’ loved 95% of the Kurdish translators. They welcome American visitors with open arms, to the point that they’d get pretty obnoxious babbling from the back of a HMMVW about the beautiful scenery and gorgeous women in their homeland. I always planned to visit someday.

So if we abandon the Kurds, we are doubly damned.

I’m embarrassed of my government. Ashamed.

Professor Blather on August 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Obama doesn’t give a rip. It’s the truth. IS could take over Iraq and he would do jack squat.

sadsushi on August 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM