ISIS’s War on the World’s Ancient Religions

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By Stephanie Saldana
Yazidis, Samaritans, Copts and other descendants of ancient civilizations are being erased.
When thousands of Yazidis fled ISIS militants to Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq this August, newspapers soon filled with horrific stories: young Yazidi women sold into slavery, tens of thousands of refugees escaping into Syria and Kurdistan in the summer heat, and thousands more trapped on the mountain without food and water. Vian Dakhil, the sole Yazidi member of the Iraqi Parliament, broke down in front of her colleagues in a speech that was viewed around the world: “My people are being slaughtered. . . . I speak