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Nobel laureate Murad urges Iraq to probe fate of abducted Yazidis

Baghdad - Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called on Iraq Wednesday to create a special team to investigate the fate of other members of her Yazidi minority kidnapped by the Islamic State group.

Nobel-winning Congolese doctor helped Yazidi women in June visit

Dohuk - Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who was Friday jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Iraqi Yazidi, Nurad Murad, visited the Yazidi community in June to share his experiences.

Iraqi state holds key to Yazidi return to Sinjar: ICG

Baghdad - Iraq must stabilise the northern region of Sinjar to help the Yazidi minority brutalised at the hands of the Islamic State group return home, the International Crisis Group said Tuesday.

Iraqi Yazidis celebrate restoration of temple destroyed by IS

- Northern Iraq's Yazidi community that suffered so terribly under Islamic State group persecution celebrated on Friday as it inaugurated a restored temple to the sound of traditional drums and flutes.

Half of Yazidis kidnapped by IS still missing

Erbil - Around half of the Yazidis kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago are still missing, Iraqi Kurdish officials said Sunday.

Two mass graves found in Yazidi district of Iraq

Baghdad - Iraqi paramilitary forces have uncovered two more mass graves containing the bodies of 140 civilians, including women and children, in an area home to the Yazidi religious minority, they said Saturday.

Despite Greek shelter, Yazidis struggle to integrate

S - Although Ibrahim Hondeta's Yazidi family reached Greece a year ago after fleeing persecution, they still fear being the target of violence and are fighting to keep their community together.

Sombre mood as Iraq's Yazidis mark New Year

- Thousands of Yazidis flocked to a shrine in northern Iraq to mark the New Year on Wednesday, in the minority's biggest gathering since it was targeted for genocide by jihadists.

Iraq Yazidi lawmaker could be barred from US award ceremony

Baghdad - An Iraqi lawmaker who has campaigned prominently for fellow Yazidi women enslaved by the Islamic State group said Tuesday that new US travel restrictions may prevent her from accepting a human rights award.

Yazidi NGO says Iraq HQ closed by Kurdish forces

- Kurdish security forces closed the Iraqi headquarters of an organisation that aids members of the Yazidi religious minority, which has been brutally targeted by jihadists, the group said on Wednesday.

IS sex slavery survivor named UN goodwill ambassador

New York - A young Iraqi woman who survived rape and abuse as a sex slave of Islamic State fighters on Friday became a UN goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.

Yazidi victim demands genocide trial for IS leaders

Geneva - Nadia Murad, a slight, soft spoken Yazidi woman from Iraq, endured a three-month nightmare as a sex slave of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Yazidi women, girls seek healing in Germany after IS 'hell'

Ginebra - One eight-year-old was repeatedly sold and raped, while another girl set herself on fire to make herself less attractive to her jihadist captors.

Bombs found around Iraq mass grave of IS victims

- A bomb-rigged mass grave believed to hold the remains of more than 120 people killed by the Islamic State group has been found in north Iraq, an official said Saturday.

Yazidi militia killed 21 in Iraq revenge attack: Amnesty

Baghdad - Members of the Yazidi community, one of the Iraqi minorities hardest hit by jihadist atrocities, killed 21 Sunni Arab villagers in a January revenge attack, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

IS frees over 200 Yazidis in Iraq

Kirkuk - The Islamic State group has freed more than 200 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority it held captive for months, a commander in the Kurdish peshmerga security forces said Wednesday.

Remains of 23 Yazidis found in Iraq mass grave

Arbil - The remains of 23 men from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority were found when a mass grave was excavated in northern Iraq, an official said on Saturday.

Remains of 25 Yazidis found in Iraq mass grave

Sinjar - Kurdish forces have found the remains of about 25 members of the Yazidi minority killed by the Islamic State jihadist group in a mass grave in northwest Iraq, officials said Monday.

IS jihadists free 200 elderly Yazidis in north Iraq

The Islamic State (IS) group released more than 200 mostly elderly members of northern Iraq's Yazidi minority Saturday who had been held for months, officials and activists said.

Women sold as sex slaves in Iraq and Syria by ISIS slavers

A United Nations report released on Thursday accused the Islamic State of a "staggering array" of human rights abuses. The report covered a nine-week period from July 6 to September 10.

Op-Ed: Yazidis betrayed by their neighbors in Iraq

Sinjar - The Yazidis had long been subject to persecution before the Islamic State seized one of the main towns Sinjar and villages in the area. Sunni Arab neighbours and Kurds considered them "devil worshipers."

Jihadists kill dozens in north Iraq 'massacre', officials say

Baghdad - Jihadists carried out a "massacre" in the northern Iraqi village of Kocho, killing dozens of people, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, officials said on Saturday.

Iraq Yazidis fear for thousands kidnapped by jihadists

In a dusty, ill-equipped camp in northern Iraq, Yazidis fleeing a jihadist offensive say members of their families -- men, women and even babies -- have been abducted by militants.

Op-Ed: Have Iraq's 'devil worshippers' pulled off new Great Escape

Sinjar - Teams of U.S. forces landed on Mount 4,448-foot Sinjar in Iraq in a sort of a modern day Moses-like mission to rescue thousands of non-Muslims considered devil worshippers.

The West gets together to prevent the massacre of Yazidi minority

Mosul - A coordinated Western effort is ensuing to prevent an impending genocide of Yazidi minority by Islamic State militants in Iraq’s Sinjar region.

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There are a number of religious sects such as Yazidi, Zoroastrian, Yarsan, Alevi, Christian, Jewish, Sarayi, Bajwan, Shabak, and Sarli living in Kurdistan, northern Iraq.
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Published on Aug 7, 2014 Fears remain for thousands of people from Iraq's Yazidi minority who have fled into the mountains.
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Displaced Iraqi Yazidis, who fled a jihadist onslaught on Sinjar, gather to collect bottles of water at the Bajid Kandala camp in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province, on August 13, 2014
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Iraqi Yazidis, who fled their homes a week ago when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar, gather at a makeshift shelter on August 10, 2014 in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region
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