Syrian Kurdish fighters rescuing stranded Yazidis

August 12, 2014 5:46 PM

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Syrian Kurdish fighters rescuing stranded Yazidis

MALIKIYA, Syria – In a dusty camp here, Iraqi refugees have new heroes: Syrian Kurdish fighters who battled militants to carve out an escape route for tens of thousands trapped on a mountaintop.

While the U.S. and Iraqi militaries struggle to aid the starving members of Iraq's Yazidi minority with supply drops from the air, the Syrian Kurds took it on themselves to rescue them. The move underlined how they — like Iraqi Kurds — are using the region's conflicts to establish their own rule.

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