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Current fighting pushes Iraqi refugee population past 1 million

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN
June 19, 2014 -- Updated 1708 GMT (0108 HKT)
A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area holds laundry on a cold morning at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, on Monday, November 17. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. ISIS has been advancing in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to create an Islamic caliphate in the region. A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area holds laundry on a cold morning at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, on Monday, November 17. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. ISIS has been advancing in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to create an Islamic caliphate in the region.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The number of people fleeing their homes in Iraq nearly doubled overnight, U.N. says
  • 500,000 people have been displaced from the northern city of Mosul
  • 480,000 have left their homes in Anbar province
  • The cities of Irbil and Duhuk are hosting more than 300,000 internally displaced people

(CNN) -- The rapid sweep of Islamic militants from Syria into northern Iraq has sent the Middle East into crisis, caused alarm in capitals from Tehran to Washington and forced about half a million people to flee their homes.

The flood of Iraqis trying to escape ISIS fighters doubled the country's displaced population almost overnight. More than 1.1 million people -- nearly one out of 30 -- in Iraq are now displaced.

Ahead of World Refugee Day on Friday, CNN looks at where they came from and where they've gone.

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Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, in the past few weeks: 500,000

Tal Afar, a smaller city north of Mosul: 84,000

Tikrit and Samarra, cities on the road from Mosul to Baghdad: about 40,000

Diyala province, between Baghdad and the Iranian border: 6,000

Anbar province, west of Baghdad: 480,000

To:

Duhuk, a city in the north: 230,000 from Mosul and Tal Afar

Irbil, a city southeast of Mosul: 100,000 from Mosul

Displaced within the city of Mosul itself: 25,000

Sinjar and surroundings in the north: 54,000 from Tall Afar

Kirkuk: about 23,000 from Mosul and Anbar province

Sulaimaniya: More than 26,000 from Anbar and Diyala provinces

Tikrit: 83,500 from Anbar province

Displaced within Anbar province: 286,000

Baghdad: 46,800 from Anbar province

The cities of Najaf, Karbala, Al-Hillah, Mandali, Al Kut and Ad Diwaniya combined: Nearly 10,000

Source: United Nations, as of June 18, 2014

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