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Iraq Interrupted

Stories of survival from Iraqi men and women who have struggled and persevered through more than a decade of conflict — from the twilight of Saddam Hussein’s reign, the US invasion in 2003, years of sectarian conflict, and the rise of ISIS.

Conflict

These Yazidi sisters took up arms to take revenge against ISIS

Khatoon Khider used to sing folk songs about the suffering of her people, the Yazidi religious minority. After ISIS overran her hometown in northern Iraq, she put down her tambur instrument and picked up a gun, forming the first all-female Yazidi peshmerga battalion to fight the militant group.

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