When Islamic State militants attacked northern Iraq in late July and early August, tens of thousands of people from the Yezidi religious group ran for their lives.
At the sprawling refugee camp in Nowruz, Syria, I met Ali Azero, a young Yezidi man who was passionate in his hatred of Islamic State, which he referred to by its Arabic acronym “DAISH.”
“It’s a genocide,” he said of the militants’ campaign of rape and murder. “DAISH is a monster.”
Azero said he wants the United States to send ground forces to confront Islamic State head on—because, he said, aerial bombing is pointless.