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Some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 27, 2014. The UNDOF mission was established to supervise the implementation of an Area of Separation and two equal zones of limited forces and armaments in the Golan Heights region. The Irish contingent will constitute the Force Reserve Company. Its tasks will be to provide Armoured Force Protection for UNDOF Personnel.

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Some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. The UNDOF mission was established to supervise the implementation of an Area of Separation and two equal zones of limited forces and armaments in the Golan Heights region

Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain...Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil.

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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi community leave Sinjar town, northwest Iraq, and walk towards the Syrian border

 An injured man reacts at a damaged site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs thrown by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Qadi Askar district of Aleppo August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Rami Zayat

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An injured man reacts at a damaged site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs thrown by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Qadi Askar district of Aleppo. Syria.

A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province

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A rebel fighter sits on chairs as he aims his weapon through a hole inside a house in the town of Morek in Hama province Syria.

A boy sits on a sofa along a street in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo July 15, 2014.

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A boy sits on a sofa along a street in the Al-Fardous neighbourhood of Aleppo

A Syrian man carries two girls covered with dust

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A man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria.

TOPSHOTS Members of the Syrian Civil Def...TOPSHOTS Members of the Syrian Civil Defence rescue a man under the rubble following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces on July 7, 2014 in the Qadi Askar neighbourhood in Aleppo. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said Sunday that regime forces are preparing to launch a major assault on rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO /AHMED DEEBAHMED DEEB/AFP/Getty Images

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The Syrian Civil Defence rescues a man from under some rubble after a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces in the Qadi Askar area in the northern city of Aleppo. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said on Sunday that regime forces were preparing to attack rebel-held areas of Aleppo. Read more

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

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Militant Islamist fighters parade in Raqqa province, Syria, to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic ‘caliphate’ after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service says

TOPSHOTS A Syrian woman and youths, one ...TOPSHOTS A Syrian woman and youths, one of them carrying a wounded baby, flee the site of a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on June 26, 2014. Syria's war has killed more than 162,000 people and forced nearly half the population to flee their homes. AFP PHOTO /AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAIZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian woman and young people, one of them carrying a wounded baby, flee the site of a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on Thursday. Syria’s war has killed more than 162,000 people and forced nearly half the population to flee their homes. Read more

Rescuers carry a body after Syrian regime helicopters allegedly dropped barrel bombs on the Sukkari neighbourhood, an opposition-held district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on June 16, 2014,  killing at least 20 people, including several children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Rescuers carry a body after Syria government helicopters on Monday allegedly dropped barrel bombs on the Sukkari neighbourhood, an opposition-held district in the northern city of Aleppo