ISIS Slaughtered a Yazidi Village Because of One Man’s Refusal to Convert

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Yezidis who fled their home due to the assaults of army groups led by Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIL, take shelter in the buildings under construction in Zakho district, a few kilometers from the Iraqi-Turkish border, Dohuk on August 16, 2014. Islamic State fighters captured Iraq's Sinjar and Rabia in the Nineveh province last week after fierce clashes, forcing thousands of Iraqis including Turkmen, Arabs and Yezidis to flee.
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More details are emerging about last week's bloodbath in the Iraqi village of Kojo, during which ISIS militants killed 80 men and kidnapped 100 other residents.

As previously reported, ISIS gave villagers the choice of converting to Islam or facing death. Everyone in the village, whose name is also spelled "Kocho," chose conversion. Everyone, that is, except their sheikh

The one man's refusal was enough to push ISIS militants over the edge, Reuters reports. After looting the village, they loaded the men into buses and took them to the middle of the desert, where they shot them. Only three survived, and they have been interviewed by Amnesty International.

To aid its conversion process, ISIS writes out the first part of the required declaration of faith on its tawhid flags.