Yazidi Militias Fight IS In Iraq, Amid Kurdish Rivalries

When Islamic State militants overran the Sinjar region in northern Iraq in August 2014, they captured and massacred thousands of members of the Yazidi minority, ethnic Kurds whose ancient religion is derived from Zoroastrianism, and forced over 200,000 to flee their villages.

In response to IS atrocities which the United Nations says could amount to genocide, Yazidis formed their own militias that are now fighting against IS in the Sinjar region.

But these militias have inflamed Kurdish political rivalries, deepening existing fault lines between groups in northern Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region.

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