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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

August 8th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Iraq's Yazidis and Christians trapped, hiding from ISIS in the mountains

(CNN) - No food. No water. And as they pass the hours in the scorching summer heat, no escape for 40,000 desperate people hiding in the mountains of northwestern Iraq from the killers surrounding them on the ground below.

When fighters from ISIS, which refers to itself as the Islamic State, stormed Sinjar over the weekend, the Yazidi minority who call the area home fled into the nearby mountains in fear of their lives. Some of them didn't make it.

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