After their villages were overrun by ISIS last year, hundreds of Yazidis sought safety on Mount Sinjar, a place they consider miraculous. Many families, including this one, refuse to leave the mountain.
Kurdish peshmerga forces enter the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Friday after pushing out the Islamic State. The town is home to the Yazidi minority; many displaced members of the group say they are wary of returning home. They fear they could still be targeted by neighboring communities that supported the Islamic State.
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Kurdish peshmerga fighters, seen in the center of this image, enter Sinjar on Friday after taking the town from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in a joint operation with coalition forces.
A screenshot of Lucas Kinney, a 26-year-old Briton who recently began making videos for Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. Kinney's father is a veteran Hollywood assistant director who helped make such films as Rambo and the Indiana Jones series.
President Obama salutes prior to boarding Air Force One last Friday. The president entered office saying he would end the U.S. role in the Iraq and Afghan wars. But U.S. forces were sent back to Iraq last year and he announced Thursday that 5,500 American troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond their previously planned departure at the end of 2016.
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President Barack Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, named for a Marine Corps combat veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and who killed himself in March 2011 at the age of 28. The bill calls for evaluation and expansion of existing Veterans Affairs mental health and suicide prevention programs.
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Syrian refugee woman cries by one of her children as she and family members arrive in an overcrowded dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast, on Saturday.