The Yazidi community is among the minority groups being targeted by Islamic militants in northern Iraq.
- Yazidis worship an angel figure, Malak Ta'us, who is considered to be the devil by some Muslims and Christians
- This has led to the misconception that Yazidis are devil-worshippers
- Their beliefs combine elements of other religions, including Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
- Predominantly ethnic Kurds, they are one of Iraq's oldest minority communities
- Yazidis live in small communities mainly scattered through northwest Iraq, northwest Syria and southeast Turkey, with some in Georgia and Armenia
- Their estimated population ranges from 50,000 to a million
The Yazidis have been targeted before and claim to have been subjected to 72 genocides during the Ottoman rule of the 18th and 19th centuries.
A series of truck bombs in northern Iraq killed nearly 500 villagers from the community in August 2007.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have emerged victorious in the battle for Mosul Dam, but the question is - what will their next move be?
An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
ITV News joined a Kurdish unit fighting Islamist militants near Irbil and found them using tanks from the 1950s and short on ammunition.