• Yaz3
    April 10, 2016  

    Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq who have been persecuted by Islamic State militants, have turned to the sometimes dangerous job of searching for truffles for income. IEDs can be hidden in the fields. They earn about $8 on an average day for finding and selling about 6.5 pounds at the local market. Continue reading

  • A volunteer from the Yazidi sect who have joined the Kurdish peshmerga forces walks after Yazidi people loot houses with vehicles in Sinjar, Iraq November 16, 2015. Before it was overrun by Islamic State, Sinjar and the surrounding villages were home to about 200,000 people, mainly Kurdish and Arab Muslims - both Sunni and Shi'ite - as well as Christians and Yazidis, a faith that combines elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Now the town is largely deserted. But in a row of houses used by Islamic State fighters, there were signs of recent occupation: a smell of rotting food, and foam mattresses and pillows laid on the floor. Picture taken November 16 2015. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari - RTS7Y6M
    December 10, 2015  

    The refugee’s journey to Greece is perilous; so many have drowned trying to reach Europe’s shores from Turkey. But more frightening for many Yazidis is the prospect of returning to Sinjar in Iraq, where the Islamic State captured their villages in 2014. Special correspondent Jane Arraf reports. Continue reading

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 11, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Picture taken August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1EA8M1B4V01 - RTR424VU
    November 26, 2015  

    Over a year ago, ISIS militants killed hundreds of Yazidi from Sinjar, Iraq. Earlier this month, Kurdish forces, backed by American airstrikes, drove ISIS out of Sinjar, allowing residents to return. Jane Arraf reports on what some have found. Continue reading

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    February 19, 2015  

    Last summer, militants from the Islamic State group attacked a small ethnic group called the Yazidis, executing men and taking thousands of women and girls as slaves. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Northern Iraq on the rape, violence, threats and harrowing escapes that some young women endured and their continuing struggles with psychological trauma and stigma. Continue reading

  • Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan
    January 22, 2015   BY  

    Zeena Rahman is a 30-year-old law associate who left Baghdad in 2003 and now lives in Virginia. 2014 was a turbulent year for Iraq. Already ravaged by decades of war, sectarian violence, and corruption, the country also endured the rapid … Continue reading

  • ISISRetreat
    December 20, 2014  

    Over the past few days, pro-Western Kurdish fighters, with the aid of American air power, have forced ISIS fighters in Northern Iraq to retreat from territory they seized last summer. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C. with more on the largest offensive operation carried out against ISIS so far. Continue reading

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    August 20, 2014  

    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is taking its toll on displaced Christians and those in the minority Yazidi community. As brutal attacks from the Sunni militant group known as the Islamic State continue, hundreds of thousands have fled to the country’s Kurdish region. Margaret Warner toured one refugee camp near the Syrian border to find Iraqis in a state of shock and desperation. Continue reading

  • President Obama Holds News Conference With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki At The White House
    August 14, 2014  

    Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff, ahead of a reporting trip to Iraq, to discuss Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation and the improved situation for stranded Yazidis on a mountaintop in Northern Iraq. Continue reading

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    August 13, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, President Obama moved closer toward rescue steps for thousands of Yazidi refugees who are trapped on a mountain in Northern Iraq by fighters of the Islamic State group. The deputy national security advisor suggested a possible mission with British and Kurdish help. Also, New York’s Long Island suburbs were dumped with a summer’s worth of rain in just a few hours. Continue reading

    August 11, 2014  

    Iraq’s president named a new prime minister, but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to give up his post, while the fight against Islamic militants continue. Gwen Ifill is joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk for an update on the political turmoil in Iraq, plus analysis from Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and Laith Kubba of the National Endowment for Democracy. Continue reading

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