ISIS to Everyone: No Ones Life Matters

By YSA GOMEZ-GONZALEZ, Good Morning America

“No place is safe for anyone.”

“Orlando will be repeated. There is no sanctuary,” human rights activist Nadia Murad told the Senate Homeland Security Committee at the start of a hearing Tuesday.

That’s the chilling assessment a former ISIS captive has given U.S. lawmakers, recounting her harrowing tale of living in the grip of an international terrorist organization.

“[This] terrorist attack in Orlando continues the alarming trend of attacks on soft targets here in the U.S. and abroad,” Johnson said. “ISIS’ brutality towards women, homosexuals and other groups is overt, and these communities will continue to be vulnerable."

Murad, part of the non-Muslim Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria, was forced by ISIS to become a sex slave when she was 19, she said.

“I was going to high school. I had dreams like every girl in the world. I wanted to become a teacher and build a family,” she told the Senate panel. “But our peaceful ways did not save us … The Yazidis were given a choice: convert or die.”

Although Murad was lucky enough to escape, she said that more than 3,000 Yazidis were slaughtered by ISIS in two weeks and that Yazidis in areas under ISIS control continue to be killed in what she called the “Holocaust genocide anew.”

Another witness at the hearing warned that ISIS’ failures on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq don’t undercut its ability to radicalize people around the world.
“The terror attack in Orlando shows that the group’s territorial losses over the past year have not diminished its appeal,” said Hassan Hassan, a resident fellow with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington.

He said U.S. efforts to counter ISIS have treated the terrorist group “as a disease and not a symptom of broader problems that helped the group rise in the first place and will ensure it will survive the territorial losses.”

Hassan called on the United States to “acknowledge publicly that there are thousands of Syrians, including refugees in this country, [who] have helped the U.S. in its fight against the Islamic State” by, for example, providing information and intelligence to U.S. authorities.

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