Intercepted migrants arrive aboard an Italian Frontex vessel to the port of Kos, while others wait on the pier. AFP /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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When ISIS took over their Iraqi city and burned down the family's home, two teenaged brothers decided to risk everything to leave Iraq, cross Syria and reach Europe.Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled their country since last year's ISIS militant offensive, the U.N. refugee agency says.Unlike Syrians, Iraqis are being registered in Greece as "immigrants, not refugees," according to Maj. Gen. Zakharoula Tsirigoti, the head of the Greek police's immigration department.Jaber, 35, was a soldier who decided to flee after the Iraqi army lost the battle last summer against ISIS.Among the hundreds of refugees and migrants still in Kos are several Syrian Kurdish families who also fled ISIS violence in the devastated town of Ain al-Arab, also known by its Kurdish name of Kobani, which is located on the Syrian-Turkish border."We had to borrow the money," said Leila, as she nursed her 1-year-old baby.Her family decided to flee for good after an ISIS assault killed at least 164 civilians in late June.
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