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Eli Lake

Trump Should Meet This Islamic State Foe He Nearly Banned

Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi-Iraqi lawmaker now in in Washington, can explain how the travel ban is hurting the fight against jihadists.
The great Yazidi hope.

The great Yazidi hope.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When President Donald Trump first issued his ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, Vian Dakhil was one of the executive order's unintended victims. As I wrote at the time, the Iraqi lawmaker was scheduled to travel to Washington to receive the Lantos Foundation's human rights prize for her work calling attention to the plight of the Yazidi religious community facing genocide from the Islamic State. But because of the ban, she couldn't attend the ceremony.

The State Department quickly corrected the error. On Saturday, Dakhil was notified that she would be exempt from the executive order, and she arrived in Washington on Monday.