Kurds tighten border as displaced Iraqis strain resources

December 1, 2014 11:49 AM

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Kurds tighten border as displaced Iraqis strain resources

ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - They used to be symbols of an oil-fuelled boom, but the unfinished buildings in Iraq's Kurdish north are now crammed with people fleeing violence in the rest of the country.

Of the two million people displaced by Islamic State offensives in Iraq this year, almost half sought refuge in Kurdistan, inflating the semi-autonomous region's population by around 20 percent and putting acute strain on its resources.

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