Thursday 25 December 2014

Militants from Islamic State group kill more than 80 Yazidi men

Published 16/08/2014 | 10:12

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. REUTERS/Stringe
Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province. REUTERS/Stringe

Survivors of an attack on a northern village in Iraq say militants from the Islamic State group killed more than 80 Yazidi men there, officials in Iraq said.

The officials, a Yazidi politician and an official with Kurdish security forces, said today that the attack happened on Friday afternoon in the village of Kocho. Both said they based their information on the account of survivors.

Kocho is in an area held by the Islamic State group where journalists cannot operate.

Yazidi politician Mahma Khali said that Islamic State group fighters besieged the village for several days and gave its Yazidi residents a deadline to convert to Islam.

Halgurd Hekmat, a spokesman for Kurdish security forces, says the women and children of Kocho were captured in the attack.

Meawhile, Iraq's Mosul dam, held by the Islamic State group, is being targeted in airstrikes, residents there say.

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk Province, August 10, 2014. Displaced families from Iraq's minority Yazidi sect crossed the border into Syria on Sunday to escape violence in the town of Sinjar, according to Firat news agency. Islamic State militants have killed hundreds of Iraq's minority Yazidis, burying some alive and taking women as slaves, an Iraqi government minister said on Sunday, as U.S. warplanes again bombed the insurgents and a political deadlock dragged on. Picture taken August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT SOCIETY)
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk Province, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk Province, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk Province, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk Province, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk Province, August 10, 2014. DREUTERS/Ari Jalal
A still image captured from the U.S. Central Command night vision video footage shows the U.S. military airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Sinjar, Iraq on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Central Command/Handout
A still image captured from the U.S. Central Command night vision video footage shows the U.S. military airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Sinjar, Iraq on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Central Command/Handout
A still image captured from the U.S. Central Command night vision video footage shows the U.S. military airdrop of food and water about to be delivered for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Sinjar, Iraq on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Central Command/Handout
A still image captured from the U.S. Central Command night vision video footage shows the U.S. military airdrop of food and water about to be delivered for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Sinjar, Iraq on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Central Command/Handout
A still image captured from the U.S. Central Command night vision video footage shows an Air Force personnel retrieving straps after the U.S. military airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Sinjar, Iraq on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Central Command/Handout
A still image captured from the U.S. Central Command video footage shows Yazidis approaching bundles after the U.S. military airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near Sinjar, Iraq on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Central Command/Handout
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border at Feeshkhabour bridge over Tigris River at Feeshkhabour border point, in northern Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border at Feeshkhabour border point, in northern Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border at Feeshkhabour bridge over Tigris River at Feeshkhabour border point, in northern Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for humanitarian aid at the Syria-Iraq border at Feeshkhabour border point, northern Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Staff Sgt. Daniel Leavindofske, 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron ramp team chief and Senior Airman David Babcock, air transportation journeyman, assist with loading bundles of halal meals on to a C-17 Globemaster III for a humanitarian airdrop mission over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Vernon Young Jr./U.S. Air Force/Handout
Bundles of halal meals sit aboard a C-17 Globemaster III for a humanitarian airdrop mission over Iraq at a base in this photo taken in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on August 9, 2014 and released on August 10, 2014.REUTERS/Vernon Young Jr./U.S. Air Force/Handout
Tech. Sgt. Lynn Morelly, 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, C-17 Globemaster III loadmaster, watches bundles of halal meals parachute to the ground during a humanitarian airdrop mission over Iraq in this August 9, 2014 photo released on August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Vernon Young Jr./U.S. Air Force/Handout

The residents say the airstrikes hit today.

The Islamic State group seized the dam on the Tigris River on August 7 as part of their offensive which has seized large parts of Iraq.

The residents near the dam say the airstrikes killed militants, but that could not be confirmed.

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