by WorldTribune Staff, June 8, 2016
A group of Yazidi girls who refused to become Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) sex slaves were locked in cages and burned alive, reports say.
ISIL jihadists publicly executed the 19 Yazidi girls in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, according to the Kurdish ARA news agency.
The girls were killed in front of hundreds of people, according to local media activist Abdullah al-Malla. “They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIL militants,” he told ARA.
ISIL is said to view Yazidis – members of an ancient religion who are of Kurdish ethnicity – as heretics and “fire-worshipers.”
When ISIL overran northern Iraq “it engaged in a systematic genocide of the Yazidi population, murdering the men and taking the women and children captive, forcing many into sex slavery,” the ARA report said.
U.S. and Iran-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces are said to have plans to liberate Mosul, but Iraqi forces are currently focusing on recapturing Fallujah and Kurdish fighters say they are not prepared to take Mosul alone.