Parallel offensives waged by Turkey and the Syrian government on separate towns on Monday compound a 'catastrophic' humanitarian situation.
Following a unanimous vote in the House, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a statement in which he officially used the term "genocide" to describe Islamic State crimes against religious minorities. But how will this affect foreign policy?
A New York Times article glimpses America's role in creating the leader of ISIS -- the violent Islamic group "redraw[ing] the map of the Middle East" -- and confirms the line by English poet W.H. Auden: "Those to whom evil is done do evil in return."
The next time you hear confident assurances from the White House and its supporters that the "surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq is working and that something called "victory" is now within sight, remember the Yazidis.