ISIS Massacres 80 Yazidis in Northern Iraq Town
Islamic militants in the terror group ISIS reportedly killed 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi Christian minority in a northern village on Friday.
The Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious group, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, has been persecuted in the north by Islamic State militants, with at least 500 killed prior to Friday's news, according to Iraq's human rights minister. The latest killings came just a day after President Obama said U.S. air strikes and humanitarian aid drops on Sinjar mountain, where thousands of Yazidi have been stranded in an Islamic State siege had been ended.
"They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon,'' senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters. "We believe it's because of their creed: convert or be killed."
A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also said the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped.
Iraqi and Yazidi leaders say the brutal Islamic State fighters have buried Yazidi men alive, killed children and kidnapped women to be slaves.
"We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic States have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar," Sudani told Reuters Sunday.
Sinjar is the ancient home of the Yazidis, but also one of several towns captured by the Sunni militants who view the community as "devil worshipers" and demand conversion to Islam under threat of death.
The Islamic State, which has declared a Sharia state caliphate in parts of Iraq andSyria, forced tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee their homes or face certain death.
The Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism, are spread over northern Iraq and are part of the country's Kurdish minority.
"The Five" panel reacted to this terrible and shocking news, with Andrea Tantaros noting that 80 is a devastating number of deaths for a "JV" terrorist group, as President Obama infamously called ISIS.
"If defeating or obliterating ISIS is the goal ... we're far from that," Tantaros said. "And if the goal is to save Yazidis, I think this administration is a little late."
She added that anywhere ISIS goes, persecution of Christians follows.
Dana Perino said we should recognize ISIS as a worthy, dangerous adversary, and Eric Bolling noted a recent ABC News statistic that ISIS makes three million dollars a day on stolen oil, making them extraordinarily well-backed financially.
Greg Gutfeld stated, "On foreign policy, Obama is like a shower head in a cheap hotel. Very, very weak."
He added the U.S. doesn't have the luxury of sitting out a quarter in the contest of good versus evil, and we must commit to defeating ISIS by giving the U.S. military the resources to win.
Watch the clip above.