File - Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh August 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Rodi Said)
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ISIS wrested a Sunni village in western Iraq Thursday from tribal defenders who had put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north.The attacks showed ISIS' continued operating resilience, despite airstrikes by U.S.-led coalition forces aimed at defeating the jihadist group.Residents said that the bodies of tribal fighters and soldiers lay strewn in the streets of Zawyet Albu Nimr, and the very few who survived the onslaught had been told by ISIS insurgents to drop their weapons and leave.The ISIS group besieging Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq has killed a commander of forces from the Yazidi religious minority defending the area, a fighter said.The first siege of Mount Sinjar, during which thousands of mainly-Yazidi civilians were trapped, was a key moment in the fight against ISIS.
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