ISIS Frees 200 Yazidis After Months in Captivity

More than 200 elderly and ailing Yazidis were freed Wednesday by ISIS militants who had been holding them captive since last summer, according to Reuters. A reporter for the news agency saw the group of 216 people, which included two Christians, handed over to Kurdish forces near the city of Kirkuk. Some were too exhausted and disoriented to speak. An elderly woman said she was captured by the insurgents last August when ISIS militants overpowered Kurdish forces in the Sinjar area and purged its Yazidi population, killing hundreds and taking thousands captive. "I had lost hope of seeing my children again, but today it has happened," the woman said as they embraced her and wept.

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