At Yazidi shrine, armed Iraqi faithful recount battling the Islamic State group

January 12, 2015 8:00 PM

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At Yazidi shrine, armed Iraqi faithful recount battling the Islamic State group

In this Sunday Jan. 11, 2015 photo, Yazidi priest Sheikh Ismael Bahri makes a silent wish and stacks three round stones inside the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine, one of the holiest for the Yazidis, in Sinjar, northern Iraq. So long as they don’t fall over, believers say the wish will come true, war or no war. The Yazdis are a religious minority whom the Islamic State group considers heretics ripe for slaughter. The shrine came under attack at least 16 times during the Islamic State onslaught, local fighters say, but the Yazidis held the line with help from Kurdish peshmerga forces who supplied weapons. (AP Photo/Seivan Selim) (The Associated Press)

In this Sunday Jan. 11, 2015 photo, a Yazidi fighters protects the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine, one of the holiest for the Yazidis, a religious minority whom the Islamic State group considers heretics ripe for slaughter, in Sinjar, northern Iraq. Kurdish forces have taken back a large part of Sinja...

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