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Iraqi Yazidis describe flight from Islamic State militants
Iraqi Yazidis describe flight from Islamic State militants

The Murad family, caked in dust and grime, trudged through a dismal gravel quarry where mangy dogs dodged bulldozers as dusk approached along the banks of the Tigris River. The Murads were among thousands of displaced Iraqis, members of the minority Yazidi sect, who crossed a shaky pontoon bridge Saturday back into Iraq from Syria after a six-day odyssey through mountain and desert, assisted by Kurdish fighters. "I wanted to get my daughters out safely," explained Burjun Murad, 45, a dignified, straight-backed figure with a thick mustache and a scarf wrapped around his head. "But we want to go home." Accompanying him were his three daughters and his 80-year-old...

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