Iraq Yazidis say neighbours enabled jihadist attack

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syrian-Iraqi border along the Fishkhabur bridge over the Tigris River, in northern Iraq, on August 13, 2014 Yazidis fleeing a jihadist onslaught in northern Iraq say neighbours took up arms alongside their attackers, informing on members of the religious minority and helping the militants take over. “The (non-Iraqi) jihadists were Afghans, Bosnians, Arabs and even Americans and British fighters,” said Sabah Hajji Hassan, a 68-year-old Yazidi who managed to flee the bloody offensive by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. “The Metwet, Khawata and Kejala tribes — they were all our neighbours. Our neighbours made the IS takeover possible,” the distraught white-bearded Hassan said.

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