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Iraq's Yazidis worry about relatives seized by Islamic State
Iraq's Yazidis worry about relatives seized by Islamic State

As fighting raged between Islamist extremists and armed residents of the northern Iraqi town of Qahtaniya, Abdal Ali Aliyas had a split-second decision to make. There were two roads leading to the countryside. Aliyas fled by the gravel road. His 18-year-old sister, Amsha, took the paved road. The choice turned out to mean the difference between life and death, freedom and captivity. Whereas Aliyas, his wife and several relatives escaped to safety, Amsha, her husband and others were snared along the main road by the marauding extremists of Islamic State. They shot and killed her husband and several other fleeing men, and took Amsha, who was five months pregnant, hostage. In their...

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