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"I don't know if they are dead or alive: Iraqi father

Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:03

Around 150 Iraqis, most of them ethnic minority Yazidis fleeing the Sunni militant onslaught, find shelter in state residences in southeast Turkey after crossing the border. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They have found refuge in Turkey. With the Islamic State gaining more ground in Northern Iraq -- they ran for their lives. Iraqi Yazidis -- followers of an ancient religion -- are considered "devil worshippers" by the Islamic State. Their beliefs are a death sentence. Many are now left with painful memories of loss. (SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) DISPLACED IRAQI CITIZEN KHALED, SAYING: "We have gone through a lot . Women and children are being killed. We cannot get help. I have four children and I don't know where they are. Two have disappeared and I don't know what happened to the other two. I don't know if they are dead or alive." With thousands are still trapped in Iraq, Reuters footage appears to show Islamic State fighters in control of a check point at the border of Iraq's Kurdish region. The black flag has been raised. The Kurdish flag: trampled on.. raising alarm bells in Baghdad and among regional powers.

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"I don't know if they are dead or alive: Iraqi father

Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:03