Tag: Yazidis

LALISH, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 11: Yazidi men line up before starting a religious ritual outside the holiest temple of the Yazidi faith while attending friday rituals on November 11, 2016 in Lalish, Iraq. Lalish is the site of the tomb of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir, the central figure of the Yazidi faith. In 2014 thousands of Yazidis fled to the villages of Lalish and Shekhan after ISIS took control of Sinjar and other Yazidi populated towns. Many Yazidi resettled in Mosul and Bashiqah but were forced to flee again when ISIS took control of the cities. The liberation of Bashiqah four days ago by the Iraqi army and the continuing Mosul offensive has given many Yazidi 's hope they will soon be able to return home. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Chris McGrath / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE / Getty Images/AFP

Iraq: Christians, Yazidis Seeking Semi-Autonomous Region

Several representatives of Iraqi minority groups considered to be some of the oldest inhabitants of the country, including the Assyrian Christians and Yezidis, have joined forces to urge Baghdad and the international community to allow them to establish a semi-autonomous region in northwestern Iraq.