UN condemns persecution of Iraq's minorities

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Associated Press

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 9:02 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council is warning that the Islamic State extremist group may be held accountable for crimes against humanity for its systematic persecution of minorities in Iraq.

The council strongly condemned the radical group for attacking and killing minorities including Christians.

A press statement approved Tuesday noted that the large-scale offensive by the Islamic State group has crossed the border from Syria to Iraq and said the group poses a threat "not only to these countries but to regional peace, security and stability."

The council singled out the Islamic State group's attacks on the Iraqi towns of Sinjar and Tal Afar near the Syrian border for condemnation, expressing deep concern for the hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee and many others who have been executed or kidnapped.

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