The Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who've been battling ISIS in a number of places in the Middle East, are getting ready to take Sinjar back and they've enlisted the help of about 5,000 Yazidis.
They are religious minority group that's been an ongoing target for ISIS.
ISIS view one religious group in particular as infidels.
They have a great deal of hatred for a religious group called the Yazidis.
The group ISIS hates the most.
ISIS has worked deliberately to enslave, capture and to kill members of the Yazidi religious faith.
They don't consider them to be a religion of the book.
ISIS actually has more respect for Christian and Jews because the Koran recognizes those religions as being precursors of Islam.
These are the people of Sinjar Mountain.
These are the Yazidis trapped here.
As ISIS moved forward, one of the areas they moved into was Sinjar, that had hundreds of thousands of members of the Yazidi faith living there.
And those people were particularly terrified.
We're flying over ISIS frontlines right now.
There had been accounts gathered by Yazidi activists that perhaps more than 3,000 Yazidi men and boys were executed in various massacres by ISIS.
ISIS also took thousands of people hostage and many of these people are women and girls.
According to Yazidi activists that I've talked to, many of the children were forced to attend Islamic schools and begin Muslim prayers five times a day.
As some Yazidi activists have put, ISIS is bringing back practices of slavery to the modern day era, and they've imposed this modern day slavery on some of these innocent Yazidi civilians now for more than a year.
Here's what investigators know about Kogalymavia Flight 9268 that crashed in part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Saturday:it was cruising at more than 30,000 feet when it disappeared from radar.
It was about 23 minutes into its flight from Egypt to Russia.It broke into pieces before it hit the ground.
A Kogalymavia executive said yesterday that the only reasonable explanation for the crash was an external influence.
He didn't explain what that meant.But other officials say it's too early to know for sure what happened.
They have recovered and they're decoding the plane's flight and voice data recorders.
Following a plane crash, the search for survivors always comes first, but just as important is the search for answers.
The why and the how.
Often those answers are found in the black box.
Since the'60s, all commercial airplanes have been required to have one onboard.
Now the name is a little misleading because they are actually orange, and when we're talking about a black box, we're talking about two different boxes.
One being the cockpit voice recorder, the other being the flight data recorder.
Together, they weigh anywhere between 20 to 30 pounds, and they have to be crash proof.
Black boxes can survive just about anything:temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour, forces that are 3400 Gs.Now that's 3400 times the force of gravity.
They are waterproof and they can save recorded data for two years and it's a lot of data.
The cockpit voice recorder records the crew's conversation and background noise.
By listening to the ambient sounds in the cockpit before a crash, experts can determine if a stall took place, the RPMs of the engine, and the speed at which the plane was traveling.
When these sounds are cross-referenced with ground control conversations, they can even help searchers locate a crash site.
Then, there's the flight data recorder.
It gathers 25 hours of technical data from airplane sensors, recording several thousand discreet pieces of information-data about the air speed, altitude, pitch, acceleration, roll fuel, and the list goes on and on.
If you're scared of lightning, this will make you jump.
A National Weather Service technician was recording a recent storm.
He was indoors where we should be during a thunderstorm.
But this was a little close.Yes, told you.
A lightning bolt nailed a weather radar tower and it did some damage at a time when storms were contributing to flash flooding in Brownsville, Texas.
Fortunately, the technician was OK, though he probably considered lightning out of the area.