Iraqi government forces free 11-year-old Yazidi girl in Mosul

2017/04/21 | 18:56

(Iraq News)- An Iraqi special forces soldier fires a rifle during a battle against Islamic State in Mosul, Mar.

2017.

Photo: Reuters

MOSUL,— Iraqi forces in Mosul have freed an 11-year-old Yazidi girl who was kidnapped and sold as a slave by Islamic State (IS), Daesh, in 2014, the federal police said Friday.

The girl was taken by the extremists from the village of Kosho, south of the Yazidi hub of Sinjar in northern Iraq, together with her mother and sisters.

She was freed during an operation by the security forces Thursday in the west Mosul neighborhood of Tanek, federal police chief Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat said in a statement.

The elite Counter-Terrorism Service has been operating in the area and secured more than half of the neighborhood Thursday.

“They who kidnap these children are monsters,” Major General Jaafar al-Baatat, Jawdat’s top aide, said in a statement which was released with a video showing the girl at a police base south of Mosul.

Vian Dakhil, a prominent Yazidi lawmaker who helped bring her minority’s plight to the world’s attention when ISIS swept through the region in 2014, said the girl’s release had been carefully planned.

“When Daesh (ISIS) took her village on Aug.

15, 2014, she was eight years old and she was kidnapped with her mother and her sisters,” she told AFP.

“She was initially taken to Tal Afar and was sold on to Mosul.”

Yazidis are neither Arab nor Muslim and when ISIS swept across northern Iraq almost three years ago, it carried out massacres against the minority which the United Nations said qualified as genocide.

Islamic State group has captured on most parts of Sinjar (Shingal) district, west of Mosul on August 3, 2014 which led thousands of Kurdish families to flee to Mount Sinjar, where they were trapped in it and suffered from significant lack of water and food, killing and abduction of thousands of Yazidis as well as rape and captivity of thousands of women.

Those who stay behind are subjected to brutal, genocidal acts: thousands killed, hundreds buried alive, and countless acts of rape, kidnapping and enslavement are perpetuated against Yazidi women.

To add insult to injury, IS fighters ransack and destroy ancient Yazidi holy sites.

IS jihadists captured Yazidi women and turned them into sex slaves to be sold and exchanged across their self-proclaimed “caliphate”.

Around 3,000 of them are believed to remain in captivity.

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