Kurdish "peshmerga" troops
Kurdish "peshmerga" troops take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh, August 6, 2014. Photo by Reuters
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Iraqi forces fight Islamic State militants in Udhaim, Aug. 6. (Reuters)
Iraqi Christians flee Qaraqush, seek shelter in Kurdish city of Arbil, Aug. 7, 2014. (AFP)
Iraqi Christians flee Qaraqush, seek shelter in Kurdish city of Arbil, Aug. 7, 2014. (AFP)
Islamic State militants guard checkpoint in Khazer border area, Aug. 7, 2014. (Reuters)
Islamic State militants guard checkpoint in Khazer border area, Aug. 7, 2014. (Reuters)
Iraqi soldiers fire mortars from Jurf al-Sakhr village towards Islamic State militants, Aug. 6, 2014. (AFP)
Iraqi soldiers patrol Jurf al-Sakhr village after regaining control back from Islamic State militants, Aug. 6, 2014. ( AFP)
Displaced people from the Yazidi sect take refuge at Dohuk province, Aug.7 2014. (Reuters)
Displaced people from the Yazidi sect take refuge at Dohuk province, Aug.7 2014. (Reuters)