A volunteer who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) stands in a truck as he holds a position in Al-Othaym in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad, on August 3, 2014. AFP Photo/ Amer Al-Saadi
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The capture of the Iraqi town of Sinjar by jihadist fighters has sent up to 200,000 people into flight and sparked a "humanitarian tragedy" amid fears for their lives, the United Nations said Sunday.It said it was particularly alarmed by the fate of those civilians who fled in the Jabal Sinjar mountains and could be trapped in an area completely surrounded by jihadist fighters.Sinjar was controlled by Kurdish troops but they withdrew on Sunday, the second consecutive day of losses for the peshmerga, who also relinquished the town of Zumar and two nearby oilfields on Saturday.
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