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article imageIslamic militants kill another 90 members of Yazidi minority

By Larry Clifton     Aug 15, 2014 in Politics
Baghdad - One day after Pres. Barack Obama said U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid in Iraq had ended, sources told Fox News Friday that Islamic militants killed 90 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority in a northern Iraqi village.
The latest report of an Islamic slaughter of Iraqi minorities highlights the impotence of Mr. Obama’s air war against Islamic State militants said to have killed at least 500 Iraqis prior to Friday’s massacre.
After seizing control of Iraqi cities, including Mosul, the second-largest city in the country, IS militants have relentlessly persecuted Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious groups, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq. Hundreds of young women have been taken hostage by the Islamic extremists and turned into sex slaves or forced to marry IS militants.
In June, after Islamic extremists had taken over large swaths of Iraq, Mr. Obama publicly declared there would be no boots on the ground in Iraq.
However, Mr. Obama - who withdrew all American troops in 2011 and declared he had ended the war in Iraq - has deployed over 750 U.S. troops to Iraq and ordered a slew of airstrikes, effectively involving the US in a new Iraqi war.
After news of the civilian deaths on Friday, U.S. forces conducted more airstrikes against Islamic State vehicles near Sinjar.
Democrats fear the administration will be dragged into Iraq with just over 80 days remaining before midterm elections. Republicans have criticized the White House for not having a plan before or after IS militants were embedded in Iraq.
For his part, Mr. Obama pledged in June there would be no U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq, a promise he will likely regret if the administration decides that saving Iraq from the abyss of radical extremism is a U.S. interest.
Democrats are in political disarray over the Iraqi crisis as the political implications of another Iraqi war begin to sink in.
"[Militants] 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 confirmed the killings had taken place and said militants kidnapped the younger women in the village.
Iraqi and Yazidi leaders say 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.
Meanwhile, Pres. Obama has not built a significant coalition of nations to fight in Iraq, instead opting to react in what some describe as ad hoc fashion.
While American pilots are considered the best in the world according to most sources, military analysts say limited airstrikes without a ground operation cannot turn the tide of battle in Iraq.
With midterm elections looming, Democrats are afraid that the administration’s belated response to the potential fall of Baghdad will hurt their chances of hanging onto the U.S. Senate in November.
For their part, Republicans have criticized Mr. Obama for sitting on the sidelines after he withdrew all U.S. forces from Iraq while Islamic extremists spilled across the border from neighboring Syria and seized control of much of the country.
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