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KHANKE, Iraq: Displaced Iraqis who escaped a jihadist-led onslaught north of Baghdad during the scorching summer are braced to face another enemy: the onset of winter in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan.Run by authorities from the three-province autonomous Kurdish region of north Iraq with the help of the United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, Khanke aims to house 18,000 people, said the agency's Liena Veide.Iraqi troops, Shiite militias and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, are battling to regain ground lost to a sweeping offensive led by the Al-Qaeda breakaway group ISIS, which overran major parts of the country.While these forces have made some progress, there is no end to the conflict in sight, and displaced people are not expected to be able to return home before the onset of winter.
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