A commander in the Rojava Peshmerga denied a report published by a German newspaper alleging that German-supplied weapons were used in last week’s clashes between the Rojava Peshmerga, backed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and the Shingal Protection Units (YBS), a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) affiliate. Germany has reportedly called for clarification from the KRG.
Hussein said his emirs, or local Islamic State commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.
“Young men need this,” Hussein told Reuters in an interview after a Kurdish counter-terrorism agent removed a black hood from his head. “This is normal.”
Investigators of the United Nations said today that ISIS gangs committed the crime of genocide against the Yazidi people in Syria and Iraq and sought to destroy the ethnic and religious sect, which includes 400 thousand people through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes.
Investigators’ reports confirmed that the genocide against the Yazidi people continues till now and they incite the international community to save at least 3,200 Yazidi women and children who are still being held by ISIS gangs, calling for a referral the case to the International Criminal Court.
Officials found the site of the mass grave based on information from young women enslaved by IS who claimed to have witnessed the execution of dozens of Yazidi women before later escaping.
Miyasir Hajji, a local council member, told AFP the grave on the edge of the town, which has not yet been excavated, is thought to contain the bodies of 78 women aged from 40 to around 80.
“It seems that the (IS) terrorist members only wanted young girls to enslave,” Hajji said, referring to the jihadists using women as sex slaves who can be bought and sold.
Mahma Khalil, the local official responsible for the Sinjar area, confirmed that the mass grave had been found, and estimated it held some 80 victims.