Mission accomplished: ISIS continues to torture Iraq’s Yazidis

posted at 10:01 am on August 19, 2014 by Noah Rothman

“We broke the ISIL siege of Mt. Sinjar, we helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives,” President Barack Obama declared last Thursday. In a news conference, the president noted that the mission to relieve the trapped Yazidi minority in Iraq, encircled by Islamic State fighters, was a success and that the American forces who planned and executed that operation would withdraw from northern Iraq.

Just minutes after Obama spoke, however, independent relief organizations and even the United Nations waned that the Yazidis’ ordeal was not yet over. Several thousand remained trapped on Mt. Sinjar and those who had managed to escape were far from safe.

Less than a week after the conclusion of that mission, Reuters reported that many Yazidis still face the threat of ISIS’s horrors. Reporters related stories of militants digging graves in which they would bury civilians alive, women and children executed en mass for refusing to undergo religious conversion, and a general sense of hopelessness among those who have been abandoned by their countrymen and the world.

“They put women and children under the ground. They were alive. I still hear their screams,” one 26-year-old Iraqi Yazidi told Reuters reporters. “They were trying to keep their heads up to keep breathing.”

“They tied the hands of one woman to the back of a car and her legs to another car and they split her into two,” another said. “Have you seen anything like this? This is all because she is not Muslim and did not want to be converted.”

Some Yazidi refugees said they would like to escape Iraq and travel to Turkey or Europe, but the Kurdish peshmerga would not allow them to leave the country.

Other reports indicate that the Islamic State has captured up to 3,000 Yazidi women and children, all of whom will be sold or are to be forced to serve as servants and wives to their captors.

“She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10,” one Yazidi man said of his captured daughter last week. “The world needs to know that is where our women are, where they are being enslaved, young and old alike.”

The persecuted Yazidis may no longer be dominating Western headlines, but their condition does not seem to have appreciably improved since America intervened in Iraq on their behalf. Even while suffering casualties and setbacks on the battlefield, ISIS does not relent in its campaign of inhumanity.

Whether by self-imposed exile or execution, without further Western intervention, it seems likely that Iraq’s ancient Yazidi minority will soon disappear from that country.

Correction: An earlier version of this article published an unconfirmed image purportedly of women in bondage with ISIS forces. That image has been confirmed as not linked to ISIS or the Yazidi minority.


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Whether by self-imposed exile or execution, without further Western intervention, it seems likely that Iraq’s ancient Yazidi minority will soon disappear from that country.

Stop beating around the bush and tell us what the F you want the further western intervention to be. More bombing? More arms? What?

You are not a kid. You can express your desires so make them specific.

coolrepublica on August 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Wait till 0b00ba finds out about this.

Akzed on August 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM

This is what you get without American leadership. The same dynamic of lawlessness, for the same reason, is happening in Ferguson.

paul1149 on August 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM

The persecuted Yazidis may no longer be dominating Western headlines, but their condition does not seem to have appreciably improved since America intervened in Iraq on their behalf. Even while suffering casualties and setbacks on the battlefield, ISIS does not relent in its campaign of inhumanity.

Obama really only intervened because of the negative press he was getting. The Ferguson riots have taken it out of the headlines, so Obama is happy to allow things to “slide.”

Doomberg on August 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Dropping bombs here and there at ISIS terrorists is not going to eradicate this cancer on human civilizations… There must be a massive air campaign against ISIS terrorists not only in Iraq but also in Syria where they are stronger than in Iraq… Every ISIS terrorist must be killed, there is no other solution…

mnjg on August 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

The persecuted Yazidis may no longer be dominating Western headlines,

Because the media took its cue from Obama. He said his strategy worked, so it worked. Nothing left to see, folks. If Obama says move on, you take your orders like a good little puppy and don’t dare question this administration. Freaking boot-lickers.

but their condition does not seem to have appreciably improved since America intervened in Iraq on their behalf. Even while suffering casualties and setbacks on the battlefield, ISIS does not relent in its campaign of inhumanity.

Of course it hasn’t improved. Obama only did something because he was expected to, not because he wanted to. He’d have rather been on the golf course 24/7 than have to take a break to make a statement on the Iraq/ISIS situation.

The man is a waste, plain and simple.

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

“We broke the ISIL siege of Mt. Sinjar, we helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives,” President Barack Obama declared last Thursday. In a news conference, the president noted that the mission to relieve the trapped Yazidi minority in Iraq, encircled by Islamic State fighters, was a success and that the American forces who planned and executed that operation would withdraw from northern Iraq.

Just minutes after Obama spoke, however, independent relief organizations and even the United Nations waned that the Yazidis’ ordeal was not yet over. Several thousand remained trapped on Mt. Sinjar and those who had managed to escape were far from safe.

Obama lied?

Say it ain’t so.

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I still hear their screams

Obama’s legacy

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM

‘America: Imagine a World without Her’ – Dinesh D’Souza

What we are witnessing, is a world without America’s influence, without America’s leadership – just imagine what the world will look like after two more years of obama.

Pork-Chop on August 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Obama: “Blah,blah,blah”
Media: “Time to go cover something else, Obama solved that problem,too!”

albill on August 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM

“The Featured Image is being spread widely on Twitter and Facebook as evidence of abducted women being sold either into slavery or marriage by ISIS in Mosul, Iraq.

Now ISIS may very well be doing such things, but this is not a photo of ISIS selling women.

It’s a photo from 2013 of Egyptian protests, available at this Arabic language website.”

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/no-this-is-not-a-photo-of-women-being-sold-in-mosul/

Viator on August 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

…just imagine what the world will look like after two more years of obama.
Pork-Chop on August 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM

“Mission Accomplished!”, sez Obama.

albill on August 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Its not only the Yazidis, other Christian groups are suffering the same fate and nothing is being done. If the Pope says go after them it must be pretty bad. Obama looks at everything through the political lens and not a moral one.

major dad on August 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I blame the Pope for demanding a herd of cats come to some agreement on what to do.

Post that under #blitheringidiots

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Hey, it was about shutting up the Atheist/animalist Left with a couple of visible, loud “messages”, not actually saving anybody from their allies the Islamokazis.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

[coolrepublica on August 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM]

Hear, hear.

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Disgusting. These animals are acting because there is no one in the world to stop them.
We are consumed, in this country, by a contrived race war while the world burns and those burning it are coming for us.
Nothing to see but hey! What happened in Ferguson last night?
Disgusting.

ORconservative on August 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Wait till 0b00ba finds out about this.

[Akzed on August 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM]

Here’s hoping the paperboy hit the center of the lawn. If it went into the bushes, we won’t see any response until next Spring’s cleanup.

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Somebody should tell Obama what ISIL does to gays then the gloves would really come off

gxbhkt on August 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

0′s swamp

Bmore on August 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

“Mission Accomplished!”, sez Obama.

albill on August 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM

You know it.

Pork-Chop on August 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Stop beating around the bush and tell us what the F you want the further western intervention to be. More bombing? More arms? What?

You are not a kid. You can express your desires so make them specific.

coolrepublica on August 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Arm the Kurds, ramp up the bombing. Extract those trapped on the mountain with an expeditionary force.

But uh oh, that means Boots On The Ground and we can’t have that since Iraq has already been declared an Obama Victory.

Let’s all just go with the Left’s plan of action: turn a blind eye to genocide and point a finger at the mistakes of the past and self-righteously proclaim “Bush shouldna done that!” I’m sure that is consolation to those being buried alive.

TarasBulbous on August 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Woodrow Wilson allowed the exact same thing, in the exact same region.

And would did that lead to?

Islamic Hegemony and never-ending ethnic cleansing.

If we stood up a century ago, none of this, none of it, happens. No Sadaam, no Hezbollah, no “Gazans”, no “Iran”. On and on…

budfox on August 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Wait till 0b00ba finds out about this.

Never happen, the media won’t report on it anymore, and Obama only knows what’s going on if he sees it on the news.

Madcap_Magician on August 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

All I’m saying is, getting of the f*cking golf course is a good first step, coolrepublica.

TarasBulbous on August 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM

“The Featured Image is being spread widely on Twitter and Facebook as evidence of abducted women being sold either into slavery or marriage by ISIS in Mosul, Iraq.

Now ISIS may very well be doing such things, but this is not a photo of ISIS selling women.

It’s a photo from 2013 of Egyptian protests, available at this Arabic language website.”

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/no-this-is-not-a-photo-of-women-being-sold-in-mosul/

Viator on August 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Thank you, Viator, for clarifying that.

Noah, you should delete that pic from your post, or at least update with explanation. Actually you should not have published the “unconfirmed image” in the first place.

I hate Twitter and Facebook. If I wanted rumors, gossip and unconfirmed reports, I would go to them. However I choose Hot Air, where I used to read good reporting. Not so much these days as many posts are just Twitter regurgitations.

Brat on August 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

[mnjg on August 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM]

I don’t mind the dropping of bombs here and there. It’s a question of scale. The fist bomb run was to drop a bomb on a couple of guys using a mortar. Right from the get go I knew Obama’s plan was a farce. And I have to say, I’m disgusted with the military. There should have been a raft of resignations in response to Obama’s irresponsible behavior and reaction when ISIS first made the front pages.

We ought to be using Daisy Cutters and MOABs, not 250 pounders, on these barbarians and if happens to catch a village of a Sunni aligned tribe, so be it.

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

President: “I personally saved a handful of Yazidis… yay!”

Never mind the 30,000 still trapped on the mountain and in surrounding areas. Ignore the Christians being driven out of their homes… pay no attention to the executions of non muslims. The president saved a few hundred Yazidis – yay!

This b@stard did just enough to take the international pressure off of him – and nothing more.

Hill60 on August 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

IOW, Barry accomplished nothing, as usual.

formwiz on August 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Stop beating around the bush and tell us what the F you want the further western intervention to be. More bombing? More arms? What?

You are not a kid. You can express your desires so make them specific.

coolrepublica on August 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

They’re using our weapons. WTF do you think is going to stop them, harsh language and stern glares?

Obama should be in Malta building another coalition. They should strife the region, incessantly. The non-Muslims’s trapped within ISIS would rather take their chance in surviving a carpet bombing then live amongst the Islamists. That’s not conjecture.

Barry won’t do it because of the chance of non-Muslim soldiers being captured. The optics terrify him.

But, you have a choice. Kill them there, now, or wait and stay on defense. Cause that’s gone well.

budfox on August 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Blood is a special substance.

Bmore on August 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Video and screen caps here

IS = Islamist Savages

Brat on August 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

We ought to be using Daisy Cutters and MOABs, not 250 pounders, on these barbarians and if happens to catch a village of a Sunni aligned tribe, so be it.

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Exactly.

budfox on August 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

The legacy of Bush: he tried to save millions of Muslims from torture and murder and bring them democracy, sacrificing the lives of countless American soldiers for this cause.

The legacy of Obama: he ran for highest office, power and wealth by pandering to “anti war ” leftists and turned Bush’s freed Muslims and Christians over to the murderous, sub-human Islamists for slavery, torture and butchery, all to the horror of the soldiers and families that sacrificed everything. Then he played golf and danced.

Jaibones on August 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Usually when women are dressed in all white in the Middle East it means they are widows. God help those women in the cages shown above.

celtic warrior on August 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

SMART

POWER

deadite on August 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Is there any wonder why the Pope had to speak out?

itsspideyman on August 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The legacy of Bush: he tried to save millions of Muslims from torture and murder and bring them democracy, sacrificing the lives of countless American soldiers for this cause.

The legacy of Obama: he ran for highest office, power and wealth by pandering to “anti war ” leftists and turned Bush’s freed Muslims and Christians over to the murderous, sub-human Islamists for slavery, torture and butchery, all to the horror of the soldiers and families that sacrificed everything. Then he played golf and danced.

Jaibones on August 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Hey! Obama stood up for Americans with birth canals, the gays, and the illegals (citizens without a voice). You really think he had time to do all that and still deal with foreign affairs?

BTW, golf is on the agenda for rat-ears today.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

so obama lied again. is there anything that will shame this man? Did the survey teams on that mountain they were trapped on lie? or did they report accurately and have the president lie at his press conference? For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American ( to paraphrase the alleged first lady).

warmairfan on August 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I’m waiting for Obama and his crew’s reaction when the Jihad says “We won.”

docflash on August 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Obama declares he’s looked into something and the lapdog press declares the problem solved. Never any follow through to show that he’s done nothing but make another meaningless speech. The liberal press is just as much to blame as Obama for endless stream of bullsh1t coming out of Obama’s mouth. I can’t wait for this Jihadist sympathizer to be sent packing.

Obamalies on August 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Usually when women are dressed in all white in the Middle East it means they are widows. God help those women in the cages shown above.

celtic warrior on August 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM

They really are backwards over there.

I applauded Obama for doing something when he authorized the use of force. I should have known it would all be for show. A zebra can’t change his stripes, and a Lefty can’t abandon his genocidal stance.

TarasBulbous on August 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

This president is not interested in helping non-muslims. He is willing to take credit for helping them if he doesn’t actually have to provide any help. This is not NEWS. Only a leftist fool would have believed him in the first place.

ROCnPhilly on August 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Dropping bombs here and there at ISIS terrorists is not going to eradicate this cancer on human civilizations… There must be a massive air campaign against ISIS terrorists not only in Iraq but also in Syria where they are stronger than in Iraq… Every ISIS terrorist must be killed, there is no other solution…

mnjg on August 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

This will take a worldwide effort – but Obama has really screwed up relations with our allies and our enemies have hardened their resolve to us. In effect – countries like Russia & China can use ISIS against us to weaken us to a point where China & Russia can take the spoils….and then Russia & China will get rid of ISIS.

redguy on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Looked like an interesting read but I will never read another piece of leftist crap from this Noah guy.

Capt Blasto on August 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Commies being commies.
Didn’t Stalin act the same way while millions starved to death? “There is no crisis..we have record wheat harvests. People are doing fine”.

Uncle Joe

Mimzey on August 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

This will take a worldwide effort – but Obama has really screwed up relations with our allies and our enemies have hardened their resolve to us. In effect – countries like Russia & China can use ISIS against us to weaken us to a point where China & Russia can take the spoils….and then Russia & China will get rid of ISIS.

redguy on August 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

When it comes to military efforts we do not need anyone… We have the mightiest military in history of the world… Our military budget is almost 40% of the world military budget and in some estimates it is 50% of the world military budget…

mnjg on August 19, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Stop beating around the bush and tell us what the F you want the further western intervention to be. More bombing? More arms? What?

You are not a kid. You can express your desires so make them specific.

coolrepublica on August 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Was it you about a week and a half ago that claimed the ISIS leadership regrouping in Syria translated to Obama kicking ISIS’ butt? Apologies if not.

UnstChem on August 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Guys, THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED, Mission Accomplished.

Racists.

Tard on August 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

“We broke the ISIL siege of Mt. Sinjar, we helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives,” President Barack Obama declared last Thursday

All we need to know about this POS Islamofascist in the White House is how he refers to ISIS.

NOMOBO on August 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

this image needs to be removed, as mentioned it fake and we don’t want to pallywood the situation.

dmacleo on August 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM

coolrepublica on August 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Make glass/sand out of all of them.

It’s the ONLY solution.

Otherwise, your head is among the first when they get to the US.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The Shiite Imam’s must be re-reading their ‘Holy Books’ and trying to figure out if the Twelfth Imam is actually present in our time?
The way things are going, the next 884 days might see the Global Resurrection of the Caliphate. King Putt has to do two things, 1) maintain his capricious ignorance and lack of curiosity, and 2) keep to his schedule; if HE is to be successful at the Total Restructuring (aka Destruction) of The Western World.

He’ll start by destroying the Gimmedat Party this November, setting the stage for his complete revenge on the Clinton’s as a bonus.

Missilengr on August 19, 2014 at 12:04 PM

obama owns the souls of all the dead.

He had the chance to pulverize the convoys, as they left Syria and he did nothing. He is guilty and no layer in Hell will ever absolve him of it.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

In related news, Barack Obama had a triple bogey on the 8th green today.

Techster64 on August 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The saddest thing is, what they are doing to minorities there is not all that unusual. This is the ME way of war.

BTW what does it mean that the women are all in white?

PattyJ on August 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I didn’t believe Obama for a minute when he made that announcement. I knew that sending a few forces would not liberate that mountain that quickly. He only wanted a headline that would relieve him of any other duties but to comment on the Ferguson case. Has he mentioned the Marine in Mexico lately or at all,,, no, has he mentioned all these Christians and the answer is another no. He is so worthless I detest him with all my soul.

garydt on August 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

BTW what does it mean that the women are all in white?

PattyJ on August 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

It’s a 2013 Egyptian protest.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/08/no-this-is-not-a-photo-of-women-being-sold-in-mosul/

Brat on August 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The 50,000 Yazidis are but a small fraction of the killings going on. Obama and the West have not protested or mentioned the millions of Christians that are being killed and persecuted in far more countries of the region. Our lack of concern is a crime, and a clear indication of the leadership vacuum and their incompetence.

leader4hru on August 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Looked like an interesting read but I will never read another piece of leftist crap from this Noah guy.

Capt Blasto on August 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I agree heartily. If I want to read leftist crap, or uninformed childish crap, there is the MSM.

Hot Air is losing its identity, and readers.

captnjoe on August 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Other reports indicate that the Islamic State has captured up to 3,000 Yazidi women and children, all of whom will be sold or are to be forced to serve as servants and wives to their captors.

Muslims engaged in slave trading…how is this news?

Despite all the oil over there and their silver-plated Rolls Royces and whatnot, they’re still the same superstitious, barbaric, goat-herding pirates they were 5,000 years ago.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

We ought to be using Daisy Cutters and MOABs, not 250 pounders, on these barbarians and if happens to catch a village of a Sunni aligned tribe, so be it.

Dusty on August 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Small talk. We need to deploy nuclear weapons against ISIS cities. Tell the world that if they harbor or otherwise aid ISIS, they will be counted as “Enemy”, and treated as such. If Iraq objects, remind them that we told them at the time we are: “No better Friend, no worse Enemy”.

We came to Iraq as friends; we saved them from Saddam Hussein, and let them all breathe free for once. They handed those cities to ISIS, in the Sunni Anschluss, as well as the weapons and uniforms we gave them. They embraced our enemies.

So now those are are Enemy.
Time to show them what “no worse Enemy” looks like. Roman rules of engagement. Remember Carthage?
Cry “Havok“, and loose the dogs of War!

ReggieA on August 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Watch it you terrorist guys, he might have his old lady hashtag ya..

crosshugger on August 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM