ISIS Releases 200 Yazidi Captives

After almost a year in captivity, more than 200 Yazidi women, children and elderly were released by ISIS on Wednesday. Yazidis are a heavily-persecuted minority group of Kurdish descent whose religion is considered a pre-Islamic sect that draws from Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. The Islamic terror organization overtook Yazidi towns last summer, capturing and killing hundreds and forcing those who escaped to flee to neighboring mountains without food and water. This humanitarian crisis triggered international response in the form of airdropped supplies, rescues and eventually US airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The captives were released to Peshmerga, the military force of Iraqi Kurdistan, which has been waging an all-out war against ISIS since their attack on the region in August 2014. Peshmerga commander Rassol Omar didn’t say what led to the release, only that that Arab tribal leaders helped to coordinate it…

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