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Iraq: First Western journalist reports from Mount Sinjar — It stinks of death

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By Jonathan Krohn

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Mount Sinjar stinks of death. The few Yazidis who have managed to escape its clutches can tell you why.

‘Dogs were eating the bodies of the dead,’ said Haji Khedev Haydev, 65, who ran through the lines of Islamic State jihadists surrounding it.

On Sunday night, I became the first Western journalist to reach the mountains where tens of thousands of Yazidis, a previously obscure Middle Eastern sect, have taken refuge from the Islamic State forces that seized their largest town, Sinjar.

I was on board an Iraqi Army helicopter, and watched as hundreds of refugees ran toward it to receive one of the few deliveries of aid to make it to the mountain.

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Besieged mountain: Thousands of Yezidis trapped on Mount Sinjar as they tried to escape from Islamic State forces, are rescued by Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Peoples Protection Unit (YPG) in Mosul, Iraq

Besieged mountain: Thousands of Yezidis trapped on Mount Sinjar as they tried to escape from Islamic State forces, are rescued by Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Peoples Protection Unit (YPG)…

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"Hidden manna from the promised "White Stone", Rev 2:17 P1446:5, 131:3.3 . . . It is evil to see sin where there is no sin; TO SEE NO SIN WHERE THERE IS SIN. Evil is the path of FALSE DOCTRINES. Those who avoid evil BY SEEING THINGS AS THEY ARE gain joy by thus embracing the truth. Make an end of your misery BY LOATHING SIN. When you look up to the Noble One, turn away from sin with a whole heart. Make no apology for evil; MAKE NO EXCUSE FOR SIN. By your efforts to make amends for past sins you acquire strength to resist future tendencies thereto. Restraint is born of repentance. Leave no fault unconfessed to the Noble One. 131:3.4 (1447.1) “Cheerfulness and gladness are the rewards of deeds well done and to the glory of the Immortal. No man can rob you of the liberty of your own mind. When the faith of your religion has emancipated your heart, when the mind, like a mountain, is settled and immovable, then shall the peace of the soul flow tranquilly like a river of waters. Those who are sure of salvation are forever free from lust, envy, hatred, and the delusions of wealth. While faith is the energy of the better life, nevertheless, must you work out your own salvation with perseverance. If you would be certain of your final salvation, then make sure that you sincerely seek to fulfill all righteousness. Cultivate the assurance of the heart which springs from within and thus come to enjoy the ecstasy of eternal salvation. ~~ Urantia Book Paper 131 ~~

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  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721043/U-S-drones-fighters-carry-four-new-air-strikes-protect-stranded-Yazidis-attacks-Islamic-State-jihadists.html

    Shocking images published last night showed children bleeding with their heads bandaged, the face of one of them contorted with pain.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721043/U-S-drones-fighters-carry-four-new-air-strikes-protect-stranded-Yazidis-attacks-Islamic-State-jihadists.html#ixzz3A5HdG1u7

    In a harrowing video sequence, figures are seen trying to resuscitate a woman who appears to be dead.

    The images, which were impossible to verify independently, were apparently taken on Mount Sinjar.

    It emerged yesterday that as many as 30,000 of the desperate Yazidis have managed to escape to relative safety in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq.

    Kurdish peshmerga fighters helped them across the border into Syria and the refugees then made their way by land to the Fishkhabur crossing back into Iraq – a total journey of around 65 miles.

    Frightened Yazidi families were carried through Syria by Kurdish troops in trucks, on donkeys and even in the front buckets of bulldozers.

    Among them was Douad Ibrahim, a 49-year-old farmer, who reached the Syrian border yesterday after seven days of being pursued by the jihadists, followed by a 12-hour walk with his wife and nine children to the Syrian border.

    Breaking down in tears as he gulped down glasses of water, he said: ‘Please don’t ask me about the situation because there are no words to describe it.

    ‘I am so sad. I have seen when the children died, when women died from dehydration, when we were being shelled by the Islamic State. For all that time we were living under the shadow of death.’

    Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil, herself a Yazidi, said that between 20,000 and 30,000 people had managed to get out via the Syrian border.

    But she added: ‘There are still thousands on the mountain. The passage isn’t 100 per cent safe. There is still a risk.’

    Resala Shangali, 26, a Yazidi journalist, described yesterday how her cousin had witnessed Islamic State militants murdering five families.

    ‘They were taken out and these men raped women and girls in front of their men, then killed all the children before the eyes of their parents who were begging mercy for their children,’ she said.

    She also gave a graphic account of the horrendous scenes on Mount Sinjar as the terrified Yazidi awaited rescue.

    ‘Over the days increasing numbers of children, women and elderly died in front of the eyes of their loved ones who could do nothing,’ she said.

    ‘I saw one child asking for food, then become unconscious and die. A pregnant woman died while giving birth to her baby from bleeding – both mother and infant died at the same time. An old man died of cardiac failure, perhaps caused by heat, stress and lack of medicine.’

    Miss Shangali said the horror continued until Friday, when Kurdish special forces opened up a road from the mountain into Syria.

    US warplanes bombed Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq for a third successive day yesterday with the aim of protecting Kurdish forces helping the refugees.

    An RAF Hercules aircraft made the first drop of British aid to refugees in the Sinjar mountains on Saturday night.

    Iraqi officials claimed that many of the Americans’ emergency supplies had been destroyed on impact because they were dropped from a great height without parachutes.

    There were mixed signs about the success of attempts to push back the Islamic State. Kurdish forces retook two towns in northern Iraq that had been captured by the militants.

    But the US State Department announced it was moving some staff from its consulate in the Kurdish capital of Irbil because of the deteriorating security situation.

    The Islamic State captured Iraq’s largest dam near Mosul last week, raising fears it could blow up the structure to cut off power supplies or even flood cities downstream including the capital Baghdad.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721043/U-S-drones-fighters-carry-four-new-air-strikes-protect-stranded-Yazidis-attacks-Islamic-State-jihadists.html#ixzz3A5I4UU4s

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