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The United Nations launched an appeal Thursday for half a billion dollars in international aid to tackle a worsening humanitarian crisis in Iraq triggered by the conflict with ISIS militants.Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said the United Nations would be forced to slash or shut down more than half its aid operations in Iraq without an immediate injection of new funds.ISIS fighters swept through north Iraq last June as Iraq's army disintegrated.Violence has already forced nearly 3 million Iraqis from their homes, the U.N. says.
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