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Explainer: Who are the Yazidis of northern Iraq?

One of the most persecuted minorities in the Middle East, these so-called "devil worshippers" are under threat from Islamic State

By Josh Lowe  

Thousands of Yazidi and Christian people flee the Hamdaniyah town of Mosul to Erbil after the latest wave of ISIL advances AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Who are the Yazidi?

An ancient religious sect, with less than 1m followers worldwide, largely concentrated in Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and parts of Iran. Since Sunday, around 40,000 Yazidi from the north of Iraq have been…

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