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Displaced Yazidi walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar Mountain, on their way to safety in Iraqi Kurdistan on Aug 10.

Displaced Yazidi walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar Mountain, on their way to safety in Iraqi Kurdistan on Aug 10.

Persecuted: Yazidi children (pictured) have taken to sheltering in the holy valley of Lalish, while others trapped in the Sinjar Mountains were flown renewed supplies by the U.S. today. The religious minority is not alone in being threatened by the militants, who also say Christians and Shia Muslims are heretics and should convert.

Video shows dramatic first strike on Islamic State by American forces

Persecuted: Yazidi children (pictured) have taken to sheltering in the holy valley of Lalish, while others trapped in the Sinjar Mountains were flown renewed supplies by the U.S. today. The religious minority is not alone in being threatened by the militants, who also say Christians and Shia Muslims are heretics and should convert.

The ISIS siege is an imminent threat of Yazidi genocide | Photo: Yazidi refugees in Turkey. Mehmet Demirhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Iraq’s Yazidis: what you need to know

The ISIS siege is an imminent threat of Yazidi genocide | Photo: Yazidi refugees in Turkey. Mehmet Demirhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

"5-Year-Old Yazidi Orphaned on Mount Sinjar - NBC News. ITN's John Irvine looks into the human cost of Islamic State's campaign on minorities."

"5-Year-Old Yazidi Orphaned on Mount Sinjar - NBC News. ITN's John Irvine looks into the human cost of Islamic State's campaign on minorities."

The Iraq War was a boon to the Yazidis — until the rise of al-Qaeda in Iraq | Photo: More Yazidi New Year's celebrations. Idris Okuducu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Iraq’s Yazidis: what you need to know

The Iraq War was a boon to the Yazidis — until the rise of al-Qaeda in Iraq | Photo: More Yazidi New Year's celebrations. Idris Okuducu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Exodus: Yazidis flee to safety helped by Kurdish fighters. Fighters from IS are also accused of kidnapping 300 women to use for sex or as domestic slaves

Fanatics stood over bodies and celebrated as they buried 500 Yazidis

Exodus: Yazidis flee to safety helped by Kurdish fighters. Fighters from IS are also accused of kidnapping 300 women to use for sex or as domestic slaves

The Yazidis (or Yezidis) are a ethno-religious minority concentrated largely in northern Iraq | Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq’s Yazidis: what you need to know

The Yazidis (or Yezidis) are a ethno-religious minority concentrated largely in northern Iraq | Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

An Iraqi Yazidi girl, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the tow...

An Iraqi Yazidi girl, who fled her home when Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the tow...

Iraq’s Yazidis: who they are and why the US is bombing ISIS to save them? | Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images    http://www.vox.com/2014/8/8/5982421/yazidis-yezidis-iraq-crisis-bombing

Iraq’s Yazidis: what you need to know

Iraq’s Yazidis: who they are and why the US is bombing ISIS to save them? | Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images http://www.vox.com/2014/8/8/5982421/yazidis-yezidis-iraq-crisis-bombing

Yazidi religion is one of the oldest religions in the world, more ancient than Islam or Christianity.  It originated in Mesopotamia and is deeply persecuted around the Middle East because it is misunderstood as Satanism (which it's NOT). | Photo: A Yazidi New Year's celebration. Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Iraq’s Yazidis: what you need to know

Yazidi religion is one of the oldest religions in the world, more ancient than Islam or Christianity. It originated in Mesopotamia and is deeply persecuted around the Middle East because it is misunderstood as Satanism (which it's NOT). | Photo: A Yazidi New Year's celebration. Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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