Iraq air force to back Kurds fighting Islamists

Iraqis from the Yazidi community chant anti Islamic militants slogans in front of UN headquarters to ask for international protection in Irbil, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Islamic militants attacked the towns of Sinjar and Zunmar. Around 40 thousand people crossed the bridge of Shela in Fishkhabur into the Northern Kurdish Region of Iraq, after being given an ultimatum by Islamic militants to either convert to Islam, pay a security tax, leave their homes, or die. (AP Photo) Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called upon his country’s armed forces to help the Kurdish military battle a Sunni militant offensive in northern Iraq that has caused tens of thousands of people from the minority Yazidi community to flee their homes.

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