ISIL atrocities on Yezidi ethnic group near Sinjar
By 2014, ISIL’s movement from eastern Syria and northern Iraq had wedged the Yezidi ethnic group into an inescapable position around the Sinjar Mountains in northwestern Iraq. As a result, the Yezidi people were trapped without reliable access to food or water.
ISIL systematically pursued a campaign of mass execution and genocide against this vulnerable population–actions widely considered to be crimes against humanity. The international community looked to US Special Forces and the local Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to liberate the desperate Yezidis from their captors.