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Video: Minorities flee to Erbil as violence escalates in north of Iraq

As fighting intensifies in Iraq, the country’s minorities, including Turkmen, Yazidis, Shabak and Christians, have been forced to flee their homes, many moving into the Kurdish controlled regions of the country. This footage from Thursday, August 7, shows footage of Christian refugees seeking shelter in Erbil. The same day, President Obama authorized targeted airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State militant group. Credit: UNHCR

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