Daesh sexually enslaved hundreds, if not thousands of Yazidi girls as it moved into Syria and Iraq, driving some of them to suicide, and simply "killed any Yazidi they were unhappy with."
Now Daesh has found another group to torture.
Assyrians in the Middle East were historically centered in Mesopotamia -- northern Iraq, northeastern Syria, and southern Turkey -- with their language being Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Hebrew is related to Aramaic. Some Assyrians are relatively recent immigrants, having escaped the genocides of the Ottoman Empire which many people lump into the Armenian Genocide but actually consist of many individual genocides of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and other Christian groups. Some scholars believe that 3.5 million Christians were murdered from 1913 to 1922 alone, with this number exceeding four million if the Hamidian and Adana massacres starting in the 1890s are included. Yazidis and other non-Muslim minorities were also targeted by the Ottoman Empire.
Caught between Daesh and the many Syrian conflicts, many Assyrians have traveled to Lebanon for refuge. Jordan was forced to close its borders to Syrian refugees after 1.3 million of them entered the country.
Syria's Assyrian community is now "at risk of extinction" at the bloody hands of Daesh. The latest episode involves over 200 Assyrians being kidnapped and held for ransom. 19 of them were released in exchange for payment of an undisclosed sum, but given how poor these people are, the remainder may very well be butchered or sold into slavery, given the motivations of Daesh.
The world watched while millions of Jews, Slavs, POWs, and others were murdered in an industrial manner in the 1940s, but military technology was not advanced enough to rescue them. Now that we have stealth helicopters, night vision goggles, secure radio communications, soldiers trained to the point of perfection, and efficient weapons, we sit on our hands as another mob of zealots slaughters its way into the history books.
Karl Marx was wrong: history sometimes repeats in exactly the same tragic manner.