Is it real? I'm not sure. There's one fellow with a small travel bag but none of the others seem to be carrying even backpacks. Usually refugees don't leave their most valuable items behind and they usually wear as much clothing as possible. Also missing from this image is any sign of the usual family groups we associate with fleeing refugees - the kids, the parents, somebody helping grandma. It seems to me that these are folks who aren't planning to be gone for long.
Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish area, which shares a border with north-east Syria, threatened to intervene if Kurds came under further attack.
An estimated 154,000 Syrian refugees are already registered in Iraq. The latest influx appears to have been caused by the building of a new pontoon bridge over the Tigris.
"UN refugee agency staff at Sahela report what appears like a river of people coming towards the border," said Claire Bourgeois, the UNHCR's Iraq representative, referring to a border crossing in north Iraq.