An Iraqi family fleeing violence in the northern city of Tal Afar, arrive at the Kurdish checkpoint in Aski kalak, 40 km West of Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on July 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED
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Dozens of families who fled a Shiite Turkmen town in northern Iraq overrun by Sunni militants want to move south but are stuck in limbo between the authorities and insurgents.The families initially fled Tal Afar, part of a swath of territory across five provinces that fell to jihadist-led fighters in an offensive that began June 9, for the nearby town of Sinjar.They then moved to camps on the outskirts of Iraq's autonomous three-province Kurdish region.Many have sought refuge in hotels in Kurdistan as tourists, thereby evading the requirement for a local sponsor, but a large number have been prevented from entering the autonomous area because they have not found a resident to support their entry.As a result, they have been forced to stay in camps near Al-Khazar checkpoint, the main entry route from Arab areas of northern Iraq to Irbil.
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