A volunteer who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) poses for a photo as he holds a position in Al-Othaym in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad, on August 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ AMER AL-SAADI
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Tens of thousands from Iraq's minority Yazidi community have fled their homes after Sunni militants captured their towns in the latest offensive to expand the territory of their self-styled caliphate.As Kurdish fighters struggled to hold back the onslaught of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants on Iraq's north, some 40,000 Yazidis, a minority religious sect, fled the northern towns of Sinjar and Zumar, said Jawhar Ali Begg, a spokesman for the community. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2006 civil war when the Islamic State group, an Al-Qaeda breakaway faction with a strong presence in Syria, captured large swath of land in the country's west and north in a lightning offensive earlier this year.
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