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Syrian Kurds teach Yazidis to fight Islamic State

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 01:09

Kurdish militants train Yazidi volunteers at several camps inside Syria to fight Islamic State forces in Iraq, and seek revenge for the killing of hundreds of ethnic minorities. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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They're seeking revenge... from those who forced them out of their homes, killed their relatives and kidnapped their women and girls. These young Yazidis are learning how to fight against Islamic State militants. With the help of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, they managed to flee northern Iraq and cross into Syria. And now, here they stand... at a military training camp in a Kurdish town. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) DISPLACED YAZIDI FROM SINJAR, SHEIKH KHALAH SHEIKH ALYAS, HEAD OF TRAINING CAMP, SAYING: "Some of these people have come from refugee camps and others have come directly from the mountain after leaving their families at the camps. They came of their own free will." In the sweltering heat, Syrian Kurds teach new recruits how to use RPG launchers, among a variety of weapons. This, along with fighting tactics and how to properly set up an ambush. All for the fight against radical Islamists who have violently swept across northern Iraq, murdering scores of ethnic minorities and sending hundreds of thousands running for their lives.

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Syrian Kurds teach Yazidis to fight Islamic State

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 01:09