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A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Rodi Said

A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits with a child inside a tent at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Refugees from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest to call for their evacuation from the Middle East and an end to what they say is violence against their community, at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Rodi Said

Refugees from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest to call for their evacuation from the Middle East and an end to what they say is violence against their community, at Nowruz refugee...more

Refugees from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest to call for their evacuation from the Middle East and an end to what they say is violence against their community, at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Refugees from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest to call for their evacuation from the Middle East and an end to what they say is violence against their community, at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Rodi Said

Refugees from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest to call for their evacuation from the Middle East and an end to what they say is violence against their community, at Nowruz refugee...more

Refugees from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, take part in a protest to call for their evacuation from the Middle East and an end to what they say is violence against their community, at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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A refugee from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, carries a sign referring to the Kurdish People's Defence Units (YPG) at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said

A refugee from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, carries a sign referring to the Kurdish People's Defence Units (YPG) at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi...more

A refugee from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, carries a sign referring to the Kurdish People's Defence Units (YPG) at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Kurdish men display weapons for sale at an arms market in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, August 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Kurdish men display weapons for sale at an arms market in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Kurdish men display weapons for sale at an arms market in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A Kurdish man displays an ammunition belt for sale at an arms market in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A Kurdish man displays an ammunition belt for sale at an arms market in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A Kurdish man displays an ammunition belt for sale at an arms market in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A displaced woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, argues with Kurdish security during a demonstration at the Iraqi-Turkish border crossing in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi Kurdistan province August 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

A displaced woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, argues with Kurdish security during a demonstration at the Iraqi-Turkish border crossing in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi...more

A displaced woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, argues with Kurdish security during a demonstration at the Iraqi-Turkish border crossing in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi Kurdistan province August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, march in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Turkish border crossing in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi Kurdistan province August 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, march in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Turkish border crossing in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi Kurdistan province August 17,...more

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, march in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Turkish border crossing in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi Kurdistan province August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani (R) shakes hands with Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Arbil, north of Baghdad August 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani (R) shakes hands with Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Arbil, north of Baghdad August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani (R) shakes hands with Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Arbil, north of Baghdad August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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