Displaced families from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, August 4, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jala
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Baghdad's air force and Kurdish fighters from Syria joined forces with Iraq's embattled peshmerga Monday to push back jihadists whose latest attacks sent thousands of civilians running for their lives.The Syria-based group posted pictures of what it said were its forces operating inside Iraq and said that PYD fighters had been battling ISIS militants north of Sinjar, one of the towns that fell to ISIS a day earlier.Mashia Ramazan Fattah said the base where he was stationed came under ISIS mortar fire for 12 straight hours through Monday night. He was surprised to find that 500 peshmerga forces were outnumbered by ISIS fighters who forced them to flee. As peshmerga fighters converged on the town of Sinjar and Zumar, both lost a day earlier, fleeing civilians risked being caught in the battle.
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