Video: An honor killing in Iraq

Horrendous. I don’t think we blogged it last month when it happened; either I missed it or I saw the headline but overlooked it because, unfortunately, these sorts of stories aren’t that uncommon. This one stands out, though: the victim wasn’t Muslim but Yazidi, an obscure faith whose adherents evidently didn’t look kindly upon her dating a Sunni (or allegedly converting to his religion), and the whole thing was captured on cell phone video as a memento by savages who stood there while she was kicked and stoned to death. Seventeen years old.

Four of the men allegedly responsible, two of whom are family members, were arrested today — but not the cops who were there and who literally looked the other way while it was going on, as you’ll see. If you’ve got a strong stomach, click the image to watch; if not, you might want to pass on this one.


Update: I neglected to mention the aftermath.

The killing is said to have spurred the killings of about two dozen Yazidi men by Sunni Muslims in the Mosul area two weeks later. Attackers affiliated with al Qaeda pulled 24 Yazidi men out of a bus and slaughtered them, a provincial official said.

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