“Infidels, pagans, non-believers,” these are terms the Islamic State (IS) uses when referring to minority groups within their reach. IS’s aggressive entry into Iraq, which is home to mostly Sunni Muslims, made additional targets of minorities who practice Yazidism or Christianity. Some of IS’s most vile tactics have been its public penchant for the abduction and forced conversion of children from these minority groups.
Iraq with its difficult history only recently began to recover from the wreckage of the US invasion in 2003. Then, in 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) descended on the country in order to build their own state through acts of terror.