Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjarl west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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After fleeing from Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria militants, thousands of ethnic Yazidis stranded on a mountain were hoping that Iraqi government planes would drop food to save them.Just a week ago, Yazidis living in their ancient homeland of Sinjar in northern Iraq felt protected by Kurdish peshmerga forces.Iraq's U.S.-trained and funded army crumbled, leaving the Kurds and Shiite militias to fight back against Sunni militants, who were gaining momentum after launching a weekend offensive. ISIS said it has now captured Iraq's biggest dam, a military base and 15 towns. Nareen Shammo, a Yazidi activist, said families who stayed behind in Sinjar were forced to convert to Islam.Some of the thousands of people trapped by ISIS militants on Sinjar mountain have been rescued in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Thursday.
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