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Sinjar’s #Yazidis and their #Arab and #Kurdish Sunni neighbours lived in peace until 3 August 2014. The date is scrawled on the city’s ruins. It is seared in memory. On that day, ISIS militants and their local Sunni supporters overran the district and surrounding areas.
Massacres, forced conversions to #Islam, and kidnappings ensued. Militants took women and girls as sex slaves in a campaign of terror that #Yazidis describe as 74th attempt to annihilate them because of their faith.
Like others be4 them,ISIS followers regard Yazidis as devil-& sun-worshipping apostates. Yazidism is a closed religion that forbids converts,enforces a strict caste system,brands followers who abandon it infidels&prohibits intermarriage with non-Yazidis,reinforcing its insularity
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1/ I'm so happy. After days of organizing &endless phone calls, the 4 Iraqi boys kidnapped by ISIS years ago, are back home with their family in #Talafar, Iraq.

Below I'll explain how I found the family of the boys & put them in touch with SDF.

Finally a happy ending.

2/ Last Thursday, I saw the tweet of SDF spokesperson @mustefabali.

In it, he explained that SDF has found in #Baghouz 4 young Iraqi Shia boys who were kidnapped by ISIS years ago.

He asked for help in finding their families.

3/ In order to find the families of the 4 Iraqi boys who were liberated from their ISIS kidnappers, I sent the video to countless Iraqi activists & journalist (in public &in private.)

I asked them to spread vid among their contacts in hope family of kids would notice.

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We started a new year (I hope the last) of the Syrian civil war. But 2017 has been the most important year & the result of inflection point of the war in 2016 with many political & military developments : (1)
The first military operation of #SAA was Wadi Bara (23/12/2016 - 29/1/2017) which finished with the evacuation of rebels from Wadi Barada & the North montainous area in the border with Lebanon. At the same time other forces advanced in E.Ghouta reaching some parts of Hazrama (2)
#SDF started the second phase of #WrathOfEuphrates operation on December securing the West flank of #Raqqa plains (3)
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