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LALISH VALLEY, IRAQ: A Yezidi holds a handful of candle wicks soaked in oil in preparation of the Yezidi New Year festival...The Yezidis, a minority religious group found in northern Iraq, celebrate Chwar Shema Sur (Red Thursday), as part of their New Year festival.  The Yezidis are the religious descendants of Zoroastrians and as a religious minority in Iraq are often targeted by terrorists.