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A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of ISIS purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.More than half a million people have been displaced across Iraq since June, when the north's biggest city, Mosul, fell to jihadists who have harried Shiite Turkmen and Shabaks, Yezidis and Christians. Much of the north is now divided between ISIS and the Kurds, who have expanded their autonomous region by as much as 40 percent as the central government's presence has crumbled.Besides Mosul, around 20 towns and villages populated by minorities in Nineveh have been seized by militants, as well as one in Kirkuk province and several more around the town of Tuz Khurmato.When militants threatened to invade two villages in Nineveh earlier this month, Shabak residents, both Sunni and Shiite, took up arms alongside the peshmerga to defend them.A headmaster who fled the village of Shamsiyat, just south of Mosul, after his brother and four other Shiite Turkmen were shot dead by insurgents in an orchard, said he would rather stay in Kurdistan than go south, despite his religion.
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