Required Reading

Tales from the Caliphate:

Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor. Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.

She described to me in chilling detail, how the jihadis first demanded that members of her Yazidi religious minority convert to Islam. Then they stripped villagers of their jewelry, money and cellphones. They separated the men from the women.

A United Nations report explained what happened next. ISIS “gathered all the males older than 10 years of age at the local school, took them outside the village by pick-up trucks, and shot them.”

Among those believed dead were Jana’s father and eldest brother.

A different fate lay in store for the women.

Read the whole thing if you dare.

UPDATE: Oh, lord — just moments after posting today’s Required Reading, I came across a report from BI on what they’re calling ISIL’s “most horrific single massacre.”


“My face was down in the sand. I heard the footsteps of the ISIS guy, he was standing over me and he shot the man lying next to me in the head. He shot me too but the bullet hit my right forearm. I heard death gasps. I felt something coming under me. It was warm. It was the blood of my friend Haider. I took some of that blood and put it on my face and head so that if they came back they would think I am dead,” a survivor told Human Rights Watch.

Another said he used a small knife to cut his own head and neck so that the blood would make it look as if he had been shot. After the gunmen left, he says he raised his head.

There’s much more, along with some disturbing photos, at the link.