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SYRIA-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42OA8
August 16, 2014
Iraqi volunteers from the Yazidi sect participate in a training camp at the Serimli military base, which...
Qamishli, Syria
Iraqi volunteers from the Yazidi sect participate in a training camp at the Serimli military base, which...
Iraqi volunteers from the Yazidi sect participate in a training camp at the Serimli military base, which is controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), in Qamishli, northeastern Syria on the border with Kurdistan August 16, 2014. The YPG is training 55 Yazidi recruits with skills to help them fight against the Islamic State militant group. Proclaiming a 'caliphate' straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, the radical Islamists have swept across northern Iraq in recent weeks, pushing back Kurdish regional forces and driving tens of thousands of Christians and members of the Yazidi religious minority from their homes. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)
SYRIA-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42O53
August 16, 2014
Iraqi volunteers from the Yazidi sect gather during a training camp at the Serimli military base, which...
Qamishli, Syria
Iraqi volunteers from the Yazidi sect gather during a training camp at the Serimli military base, which...
Iraqi volunteers from the Yazidi sect gather during a training camp at the Serimli military base, which is controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), in Qamishli, northeastern Syria on the border with Kurdistan August 16, 2014. The YPG is training 55 Yazidi recruits with skills to help them fight against the Islamic State militant group. Proclaiming a 'caliphate' straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, the radical Islamists have swept across northern Iraq in recent weeks, pushing back Kurdish regional forces and driving tens of thousands of Christians and members of the Yazidi religious minority from their homes. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SYRIA-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42NZX
August 16, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, reach...
Qamishli, Syria
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, reach...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, reach out to receive ice at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria on the border with Kurdistan August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
SYRIA-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42NZJ
August 16, 2014
A displaced boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, collects...
Qamishli, Syria
A displaced boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, collects...
A displaced boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, collects water into a container at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria on the border with Kurdistan August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42LG8
August 15, 2014
A woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, looks after...
Dohuk, Iraq
A woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, looks after...
A woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, looks after her baby at Bajed Kadal refugee camp south west of Dohuk province August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42LFV
August 15, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, carry...
Dohuk, Iraq
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, carry...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, carry mattresses at Bajed Kadal refugee camp south west of Dohuk province August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42LFT
August 15, 2014
A man from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits on the ground...
Dohuk, Iraq
A man from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits on the ground...
A man from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, sits on the ground at Bajed Kadal refugee camp south west of Dohuk province August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR42LET
August 15, 2014
A boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, stands in Bajed...
Dohuk, Iraq
A boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, stands in Bajed...
A boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, stands in Bajed Kadal refugee camp south west of Dohuk province August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
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Yazidis on Mount Sinjar - 15 Aug 2014
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Yazidis on Mount Sinjar - 15 Aug 2014
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IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS-MOUNTAIN
RTR42H1R
August 14, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, walk...
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, walk...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, walk to a refugee camp after they re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, August 14, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
IRAQ-SECURITY/USA MILITARY
RTR42EU7
August 14, 2014
Yazidi fighters who recently joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) secure a road in Mount...
SINJAR, Iraq
Yazidi fighters who recently joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units secure a road in Mount Sinjar...
Yazidi fighters who recently joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) secure a road in Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, which is used by displaced people from the Yazidi religious minority fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town and making their way towards Newrooz camp in Syria's al-Hasakah province August 13, 2014. A U.S. mission to evacuate Yazidis trapped on the mountain by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely after a U.S. assessment team sent there on Wednesday found the humanitarian situation not as grave as expected, the Pentagon said. Picture taken August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
IRAQ-SECURITY/USA MILITARY
RTR42ES2
August 14, 2014
A Yazidi fighter who recently joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) gestures while securing...
SINJAR, Iraq
A Yazidi fighter who recently joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units gestures while securing a...
A Yazidi fighter who recently joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) gestures while securing a road in Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq for displaced people from the Yazidi religious minority fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, as they make their way towards Newrooz camp in Syria's al-Hasakah province August 13, 2014. A U.S. mission to evacuate the Yazidis trapped on the mountain by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely after a U.S. assessment team sent there on Wednesday found the humanitarian situation not as grave as expected, the Pentagon said. Picture taken August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CONFLICT)
IRAQ-SECURITY/USA MILITARY
RTR42EHU
August 14, 2014
Displaced people from the Yazidi religious minority, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic...
SINJAR, Iraq
Displaced people from the Yazidi religious minority ride on a truck as they are evacuated from Mount...
Displaced people from the Yazidi religious minority, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride on a truck as they are evacuated from Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq with the help of members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), as they make their way towards Newrooz camp in Syria's al-Hasakah province, August 13, 2014. A U.S. mission to evacuate Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely after a U.S. assessment team sent there on Wednesday found the humanitarian situation not as grave as expected, the Pentagon said. Picture taken August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAQ-SECURITY/
RTR42C0T
August 13, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, hold...
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, demonstrate...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, hold a banner as they take part in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014. Demonstrators demanded protection and evacuation from Iraq to safer areas such as Europe and the United States. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS-MOUNTAIN
RTR42BTM
August 13, 2014
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, waits...
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, waits...
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, waits for food while resting at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS-MOUNTAIN
RTR42BT8
August 13, 2014
A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the...
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq
A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the...
A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAQ-SECURITY/
RTR42B45
August 13, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter...
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, August 13, 2014. The White House said the United States was looking with its allies at setting up airlifts and safe land corridors to rescue people, including many from the Yazidi sect stranded on the arid heights of Mount Sinjar near the Syrian border. REUTERS/Ari Jalal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS-KILLINGS
RTR426FA
August 12, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
NINAWA, Iraq
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 11, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Picture taken August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS-KILLINGS
RTR424VU
August 12, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
NINAWA, Iraq
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 11, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Picture taken August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1EA8M1B4V01
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR41ZEN
August 11, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
NINAWA, Iraq
Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride a donkey as they make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Picture taken August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT ANIMALS)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR41Z28
August 11, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
NINAWA, Iraq
Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, ride in the trunk of a car as they make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Picture taken August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR41YXW
August 11, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
NINAWA, Iraq
Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Picture taken August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
IRAQ-SECURITY/YAZIDIS
RTR41YU8
August 11, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State...
NINAWA, Iraq
Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, get help from a member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as they make their way towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. Picture taken August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY)
IRAQ-SECURITY/
RTR41WGD
August 10, 2014
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter...
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter...
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, re-enter Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk Province, August 10, 2014. Displaced families from Iraq's minority Yazidi sect crossed the border into Syria on Sunday to escape violence in the town of Sinjar, according to Firat news agency. Islamic State militants have killed hundreds of Iraq's minority Yazidis, burying some alive and taking women as slaves, an Iraqi government minister said on Sunday, as U.S. warplanes again bombed the insurgents and a political deadlock dragged on. Picture taken August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal (IRAQ- Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT SOCIETY)
GERMANY/
RTR1T6G6
August 28, 2007
Protesters demonstrate against attacks on the Yezidi religious minority in Iraq in front of Berlin television...
Berlin, Germany
Protesters demonstrate against attacks on the Yezidi religious minority in Iraq in front of Berlin television...
Protesters demonstrate against attacks on the Yezidi religious minority in Iraq in front of Berlin television tower August 28, 2007. Sign on the placard read "Safe Yezidi! Stop terror!". REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY)
GERMANY/
RTR1T64Q
August 28, 2007
A man distributes pictures to children prior a demonstration in Berlin August 28, 2007. Protestors demonstrated...
Berlin, Germany
A man distributes pictures to children prior a demonstration in Berlin
A man distributes pictures to children prior a demonstration in Berlin August 28, 2007. Protestors demonstrated on Tuesday against attacks on the Yezidi religious minority in Iraq. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY)
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Yazidi Community in Iraq - 15 Aug 2007
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IRAQ
RTXMUMJ
August 15, 2004
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - Yezidi devotees wash and sprinkle their faces with water from the holy spring...
Sheikh Hadi, Iraq
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - Yezidi devotees wash and sprinkle their faces with water from the holy sprin.....
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - Yezidi devotees wash and sprinkle their faces with water from the holy spring in one of the shrines at the Lalish temple in the town of Sheikh Hadi, near Dohuk in northern Iraqi August 2. 2004. Yezidis are one of Iraq's oldest and most unusual religious sects and the summer feast festival, the biggest of their year, usually attracts around 15,000 people in August, with some families travelling from abroad to make the pilgrimage. [This year things are different. Even before car bombs exploded outside five Christian churches in Iraq this month -- raising fears of attacks on religious minorities -- the Yezidi political leader, or "prince", had ordered official celebrations to be cancelled because of security concerns.]
IRAQ
RTXMUMI
August 15, 2004
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - Yazidi priest Fakhir Haji (R) blesses a visitor at the entrance to the main Lalish...
Sheikh Hadi, Iraq
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - Yazidi priest Fakhir Haji (R) blesses a visitor at the entrance to the main .....
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - Yazidi priest Fakhir Haji (R) blesses a visitor at the entrance to the main Lalish temple at the town of Sheikh Hadi, near Dohuk in northern Iraqi August 2. 2004. Yezidis are one of Iraq's oldest and most unusual religious sects and the summer feast festival -- the biggest of their year -- usually attracts around 15,000 people in August, with some families travelling from abroad to make the pilgrimage. [This year things are different. Even before car bombs exploded outside five Christian churches in Iraq this month -- raising fears of attacks on religious minorities -- the Yezidi political leader, or "prince", had ordered official celebrations to be cancelled because of security concerns.]
IRAQ
RTXMUMH
August 15, 2004
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - A Yezidi sect devotee kisses a monument in the yard of the main Lalish temple...
Sheikh Hadi, Iraq
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - A Yezidi sect devotee kisses a monument in the yard of the main Lalish templ.....
- PHOTO TAKEN 02AUG04 - A Yezidi sect devotee kisses a monument in the yard of the main Lalish temple at the town of Sheikh Hadi, near Dohuk in northern Iraq August 2, 2004. Yezidis are one of Iraq's oldest and most unusual religious sects and the summer feast festival, the biggest of their year, usually attracts around 15,000 people in August, with some families travelling from abroad to make the pilgrimage. [This year things are different. Even before car bombs exploded outside five Christian churches in Iraq this month, raising fears of attacks on religious minorities, the Yezidi political leader, or "prince", had ordered official celebrations to be cancelled because of security concerns.]
IRAQ SECT
RTR8PBU
August 15, 2004
Yezidi devotees wash and sprinkle their faces with water from the holy spring in one of the shrines at...
Sheikh Hadi
To accompany feature BC-Iraq-Sect.
Yezidi devotees wash and sprinkle their faces with water from the holy spring in one of the shrines at the Lalish temple in the town of Sheikh Hadi, near Dohuk in northern Iraqi August 2. 2004. Yezidis are one of Iraq's oldest and most unusual religious sects and the summer feast festival - the biggest of their year - usually attracts around 15,000 people in August, with some families travelling from abroad to make the pilgrimage. This year things are different. Even before car bombs exploded outside five Christian churches in Iraq this month - raising fears of attacks on religious minorities - the Yezidi political leader, or "prince", had ordered official celebrations to be cancelled because of security concerns. REUTERS/Sasa Kralj TO GO WITH FEATURE STORY BC-IRAQ-SECT CLH/THI
IRAQ SECT
RTR8PBN
August 15, 2004
Yazidi priest Fakhir Haji (R) blesses a visitor at the entrance to the main Lalish temple at the town...
Sheikh Hadi
To accompany feature BC-Iraq-Sect.
Yazidi priest Fakhir Haji (R) blesses a visitor at the entrance to the main Lalish temple at the town of Sheikh Hadi, near Dohuk in northern Iraqi August 2. 2004. Yezidis are one of Iraq's oldest and most unusual religious sects and the summer feast festival - the biggest of their year - usually attracts around 15,000 people in August, with some families travelling from abroad to make the pilgrimage. This year things are different. Even before car bombs exploded outside five Christian churches in Iraq this month - raising fears of attacks on religious minorities - the Yezidi political leader, or "prince", had ordered official celebrations to be cancelled because of security concerns. REUTERS/Sasa Kralj TO GO WITH FEATURE STORY BC-IRAQ-SECT CLH/THI
IRAQ SECT
RTR8PB6
August 02, 2004
A Yezidi sect devotee kisses a monument in the yard of the main Lalish temple at the town of Sheikh Hadi,...
Sheikh Hadi
To accompany feature BC-Iraq-Sect.
A Yezidi sect devotee kisses a monument in the yard of the main Lalish temple at the town of Sheikh Hadi, near Dohuk in northern Iraq August 2, 2004. Yezidis are one of Iraq's oldest and most unusual religious sects and the summer feast festival - the biggest of their year - usually attracts around 15,000 people in August, with some families travelling from abroad to make the pilgrimage. This year things are different. Even before car bombs exploded outside five Christian churches in Iraq this month - raising fears of attacks on religious minorities - the Yezidi political leader, or "prince", had ordered official celebrations to be cancelled because of security concerns. REUTERS/Sasa Kralj TO GO WITH FEATURE STORY BC-IRAQ-SECT CLH/THI
IRAQ
RTXLZ6T
May 11, 2003
Painted eggs and dried flowers decorate doorway in the Lalish temple some 50 km north of Mosul, May 11,...
Lalish, Iraq
Painted eggs and dried flowers decorate doorway in the Lalish temple some 50 km north of Mosul, May .....
Painted eggs and dried flowers decorate doorway in the Lalish temple some 50 km north of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity.
SAYID BEG
RTXLZ6S
May 11, 2003
Prince Tahsin Sayid Beg, the Yezidi leader, speaks after Spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km north...
Sheikhan, Iraq
Prince Tahsin Sayid Beg, the Yezidi leader, speaks after Spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km nort.....
Prince Tahsin Sayid Beg, the Yezidi leader, speaks after Spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity.
IRAQ
RTXLZ6A
May 11, 2003
Yezidi monk Baba Chawish poses in front of an entrance to the Lalish temple some 50 km north from Iraqi...
Lalish, Iraq
Yezidi monk Baba Chawish poses in front of an entrance to the Lalish temple some 50 km north from Ir.....
Yezidi monk Baba Chawish poses in front of an entrance to the Lalish temple some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity.
IRAQ
RTXLZ69
May 11, 2003
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion,...
Lalish, Iraq
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi .....
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity.
IRAQ
RTXLZ68
May 11, 2003
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion,...
Lalish, Iraq
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul May 11, 2003. The Yezidi r.....
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity.
PXP04D
RTRNBQD
May 11, 2003
Prince Tahsin Sayid Beg, the Yezidi leader, speaks after Spring
festival in Sheikhan some 40 km north...
Sheikhan, Iraq - Republic of
PRINCE TAHSIN SAYID SPEAKS AFTER SPRING FESTIVAL IN SHEIKHAN.
Prince Tahsin Sayid Beg, the Yezidi leader, speaks after Spring
festival in Sheikhan some 40 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 11,
2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the original
Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years and
blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and
Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov REUTERS

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PXP03D
RTRNBQ8
May 11, 2003
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of
Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi...
Lalish, Iraq - Republic of
VIEW OF THE YEZIDI TEMPLE IN LALISH IN NORTHERN IRAQ.
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of
Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the
original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years
and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and
Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of
Mosul May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion,...
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VIEW OF THE YEZIDI TEMPLE IN LALISH IN NORTHERN IRAQ.
View of Yezidi temple in Lalish some 50 km north from Iraqi city of
Mosul May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the
original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years
and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and
Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
Yezidi monk Baba Chawish poses in front of an entrance to the Lalish
temple some 50 km north from Iraqi...
Lalish, Iraq - Republic of
YEZIDI MONK BABA CHAWISH POSES IN FRONT OF ENTRANCE TO THE LALISH
TEMPLE.
Yezidi monk Baba Chawish poses in front of an entrance to the Lalish
temple some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The
Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the original Kurdish faith,
is believed to date back several thousand years and blends ideas from
sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity.
REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
Baba Chawish, a monk from the obscure Kurdish Yezidi sect, speaks in a
cave in the Lalish temple some...
Lalish, Iraq - Republic of
YEZIDI MONK BABA CHAWISH SPEAKS IN LALISH TEMPLE IN MOSUL.
Baba Chawish, a monk from the obscure Kurdish Yezidi sect, speaks in a
cave in the Lalish temple some 50 km north from Iraqi city of Mosul,
May 11, 2003. The fall of Saddam has allowed followers the chance to
practice their beliefs more openly. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
Yezidi worshipper dances during spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km
north of Mosul, May 11, 2003....
Sheikhan, Iraq - Republic of
YEZIDI WORSHIPPER DANCES DURING SPRING FESTIVAL IN SHEIKHAN.
Yezidi worshipper dances during spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km
north of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its
followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back
several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as
Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
Yezidi worshipper dances during spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km
north of Mosul, May 11, 2003....
Sheikhan, Iraq - Republic of
YEZIDI WORSHIPER DANCES DURING SPRING FESTIVAL IN SHEIKHAN.
Yezidi worshipper dances during spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km
north of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its
followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back
several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as
Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
Painted eggs and dried flowers decorate doorway in the Lalish temple
some 50 km north of Mosul, May...
Lalish, Iraq - Republic of
PAINED EGGS DECORATE DOORWAY IN LALISH TEMPLE.
Painted eggs and dried flowers decorate doorway in the Lalish temple
some 50 km north of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by
its followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back
several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as
Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
Youth Yezidi worshipper kisses a painting in the Lalish temple some 50
km north of Mosul, May 11, 2003....
Lalish, Iraq - Republic of
YEZIDI WORSHIPPER KISSES A PAINTING IN LALISH TEMPLE.
Youth Yezidi worshipper kisses a painting in the Lalish temple some 50
km north of Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its
followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back
several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as
Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
REUTERS

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May 11, 2003
Yezidi divine walks inside of the temple in Lalish some 50 km north of
Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi...
Lalish, Iraq - Republic of
YEZIDI DIVINE WALKS INSIDE OF LALISH TEMPLE.
Yezidi divine walks inside of the temple in Lalish some 50 km north of
Mosul, May 11, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen by its followers as the
original Kurdish faith, is believed to date back several thousand years
and blends ideas from sources as diverse as Zoroastrianism, Islam and
Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov REUTERS

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May 09, 2003
Yezidi worshippers dance during Spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km
north from Iraqi city of Mosul,...
Sheikhan, Iraq - Republic of
YEZIDI WORSHIPPERS DANCE DURING SPRING FESTIVAL IN SHEIKHAN.
Yezidi worshippers dance during Spring festival in Sheikhan some 40 km
north from Iraqi city of Mosul, May 09, 2003. The Yezidi religion, seen
by its followers as the original Kurdish faith, is believed to date
back several thousand years and blends ideas from sources as diverse as
Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
REUTERS

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