28 Dec '14, 12am

#Iraq faces new crisis as #IslamicState forces millions from their homes

A trainer in the Iraqi army, the 34-year-old was wounded when Islamic State extremists placed a bomb under his car in Mosul in June, just a week before the northern city fell to the militants. He was forced to flee his hospital bed, still wearing his medical gown, when the city was overrun. Younes is one of more than 2 million Iraqis uprooted this year by the advance of the Islamic State, an exodus that has compounded this country's massive displacement crisis. About 1.7 million Iraqis fled their homes for other parts of the country from 2006 to 2008, the worst days of sectarian conflict after the U.S. invasion of 2003. Most have yet to return to their homes. Meanwhile, the war in neighboring Syria has spawned more than 3.2 million refugees, some of whom have sought shelter in Iraq. The speed and scale of the latest Iraq crisis have stunned communities, international human...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/iraq-faces-new-crisis-as-islamic-s...

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