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Turkey braces for influx of Yazidi refugees

Sunday, September 07, 2014 - 00:55

Hundreds of Iraq's ethnic Yazidis cross a mountain into Turkey on foot, as they seek to escape violence by Islamic State militants. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Hundreds of Iraq's ethnic Yazidis cross into Turkey from their ancient homeland of Sinjar on Sunday. Islamic State fighters have forced tens of thousands to flee after seizing towns and carrying out mass killings. One Yazidi says it was their only choice. (SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) FLEEING YAZIDI, EHMED XALO, SAYING: "Islamist militants plundered our houses, our goods. The government left us to destiny and the Islamist militants killed every man in the village and abducted women and young girls." The latest influx of Yazidi refugees comes as U.S. warplanes carried out four air strikes against Islamic State on Sunday. U.S. President Barack Obama has called IS a major threat to the West, and said the U.S. was ready to "take out" its leaders.

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Turkey braces for influx of Yazidi refugees

Sunday, September 07, 2014 - 00:55