US Congressmen Vow to Push for Recognition of Yazidi Genocide

A delegation of two American Congressmen, Steve King and Dana Rohrabacher visit Iraqi Kurdistan, reaffirm support for Kurdish forces in the war against Islamic State group.

Erbil (K24) - A delegation of two American Congressmen, Steve King and Dana Rohrabacher visit Iraqi Kurdistan, reaffirm support for Kurdish forces in the war against Islamic State group.

 In a meeting with the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani on Saturday, members of the delegation said they have introduced legislation that designates Yazidis and Christians as targets of genocide. The proposed bill gives priority to members of these communities during immigration and asylum processes. 

 
The delegation commended Kurdish forces` success in the ongoing fight against the IS and promised effort in providing more American and international military aid to the Peshmerga.
Kurdish PM, on the other hand, stressed the need for the continuation of humanitarian aid to refugees and IDPs from Iraq and Syria who have fled to Kurdistan. 
 
More than half a million Yazidi Kurds and Christian Assyrians fled Shingal (Sinjar) and Nineveh Plains in the face of an IS assault last year. Thousands who could not make it to safety were given the choice of conversion to Islam or death, many were consequently killed. Additionally it is estimated nearly 5000 Yazidi girls and women have been taken captive to be used as slaves by militant Islamists.