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In Nineveh Province, in northern Iraq, an extinction event unfolds. The delicate latticework of religious communities that have co-existed for centuries has been smashed by the bludgeon of the ISIS, which unexpectedly took Mosul in June, and in August opened battle again, seizing Mount Sinjar and the strategic Mosul Dam and threatening the Kurdish capital of Irbil. The Sinjaris, who were a minority among Iraq's Yazidis, were under Kurdish protection, and were never direct beneficiaries of the Kurdish "economic miracle" of the past decade.Most Yazidi communities have been part of the Kurdish area since 2003, and some, in Dohuk, since 1991 . Yazidis have played an active role in Kurdish life and politics, and have moved steadily away from rural communities into city neighborhoods.Some will also add, more quietly, that most of these were at the hands of Kurdish Muslim tribes, even while acknowledging that other Kurdish tribes were their allies.Most identify as Kurds, but are understandably reluctant to place all their faith in any outside force.The current international focus is on humanitarian aid and securitization of the Kurdish area – the only area in Iraq that has had any success in fostering a diverse community.
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