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IS threatens Iraq's minority Shabak community

Iraq's Shabak minority is in danger, targeted by the Islamic State.
Iraqi military personnel distribute water to Shiite Iraqi Kurds, known as "Shabak", displaced by fierce fighting between Kurdish peshmerga forces and jihadist militants from the Islamic State (IS) after arriving on the road between Kirkuk and Arbil having fled the area of Bartala near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, on August 8, 2014. Jihadists seized Iraq's largest dam north of their hub of Mosul, giving them control over the supply of water and electricity for a vast area, officials said. AFP PHOTO / MA

The voice of the Yazidi minority was heard thanks to Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil, who called out to the entire world, decrying the fate of her people under the control of the Islamic State (IS). However, other Iraqi minorities live under similar — or even worse — circumstances, but have nobody to voice their concerns to the world. Instead, they face their seemingly inevitable fates under the control of IS.

Iraq is home to some of the world's rarest minorities, many of whose very existence will be threatened if their situation further deteriorates under IS oppression and violence in Ninevah. 

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