Meredith Tax

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a Syrian man rests in the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin on March 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib (Photo credit should read NAZEER AL-KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

When Raqqa fell in 2017, after a long siege by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), it was generally thought that ISIS was defeated, save for some mopping up. But in January of this year, Turkey invaded Afrin—one of three cantons in Rojava, also called the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria. This meant that scores of SDF fighters had to leave the battle against ISIS in order to defend their homes, families, and neighbors in Afrin. After extensive air strikes, the city of Afrin fell on March 18—confronting the already troubled region with yet another humanitarian crisis, as thousands fled to escape the Turkish army and its Syrian National Army allies (which include jihadist rebel groups and some fighters who are either openly aligned with al-Qaeda or even recent members of ISIS).…  Seguir leyendo »

Este mes se cumplen dos años desde que el Estado Islámico atacó a los yazidíes, una minoría religiosa kurda que vive en las faldas de la montaña de Sinyar en Irak. Los combatientes cayeron sobre ciudades desprotegidas como lobos sobre un redil, diría el poema de Byron, masacraron a los hombres y se llevaron a miles de mujeres y niños para venderlos como esclavos sexuales.

Los yazidíes que pudieron escapar huyeron a zonas más altas de las montañas sin comida, ropa adecuada para el clima o, en algunos casos, incluso sin zapatos. Quedaron atrapados allí durante días con poco respaldo de la comunidad internacional.…  Seguir leyendo »

Two years ago this month, the Islamic State attacked the Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority who live around Sinjar Mountain in Iraq. The militants came down on unprotected villages like Byron’s wolf on the fold, slaughtering the men and taking away thousands of women and children to be sold as sex slaves.

Any Yazidis who could escape fled higher into the mountains without food, adequate clothing or even, in some cases, shoes. They remained trapped there for days, in harsh conditions and with little international support. Those who had originally promised to protect them, the pesh merga soldiers of Masoud Barzani’s political party in Iraqi Kurdistan, had melted away in their hour of need.…  Seguir leyendo »