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Lalish targeted by ISIS

Published 5:45 AM ET, Thu October 8, 2015
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Lalish, in northern Iraq's Nineveh Province, is the spiritual heartland for Yazidis. Bharati Naik/CNN
Yazidis believe in one God as the creator of the world, but many have been raped or murdered by ISIS, which claims they are "devil worshipers." Bharati Naik/CNN
The ancient Yazidi faith pre-dates Islam and Christianity. Bharati Naik/CNN
About half a million people belong to the Yazidi community. Bharati Naik/CNN
Thousands of Yazidis are still believed to be held by ISIS, in the parts of Syria and Iraq under its control. Bharati Naik/CNN
Baba Sheikh, the spiritual leader of the Yazidis, says he hopes they will return home soon. "'I wish they all will come back -- we are going to welcome them warmly," he said. Bharati Naik/CNN