Yazidi Kurdish women chant slogans during a protest against the Islamic State group's invasion on Sinjar city one year ago, in Dohuk, northern Iraq, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Seivan M.Salim)
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The president of Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan, Massud Barzani, promised Monday to avenge the Yazidi minority brutally attacked by ISIS a year ago.A Kurdish-speaking minority mostly based around the Sinjar mountain in northern Iraq, the Yazidis are neither Arabs nor Muslims and have a unique faith which ISIS considers to be polytheism.The Kurdistan Regional Government released figures on the Yazidis saying that the community counts 550,000 members in Iraq.According to the KRG figures, 1,280 Yazidis were killed in the ISIS offensive, 280 died due to the conditions they were subjected to and 841 are still missing.The factions battling ISIS in Sinjar are peshmerga forces dominated by Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party and Syrian Kurds from the PYD, considered an affiliate of the Turkish Kurdish PKK group.
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