A Yazidi Iraqi woman sits with her children at the Bajid Kandala camp near the Tigris River, in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province, where they took refuge after fleeing advances by jihadists in Iraq on August 13, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq's largest dam Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yezidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.Residents living near the Mosul Dam toldthe Associated Press that the area was being targeted in airstrikes, but it was not immediately clear whether they were being carried out by Iraq's air force or the U.S., which last week began launching airstrikes aimed at halting the advance of ISIS across the country's north. The plight of the Yezidis, tens of thousands of whom were stranded on a desert mountaintop for days, encircled by the Islamic extremists, prompted the U.S. to launch aid lifts as well as airstrikes to help Kurdish fighters get them to safety.
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