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Who Are the Yezidis?

4:05 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
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There are politics now, to put it mildly, in Northern Iraq, both inside and outside the Kurdish autonomous region. With the Islamic State on the rampage, the Yezidis are in grave danger, as are the majority of Kurds who call themselves Muslims. Iraq’s Kurds may as well say “We are all Yezidis now,” but the truth is they always have been.

Michael J. Totten is a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal and the author of five books, including Where the West Ends and The Road to Fatima Gate.

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