Amnesty: Islamic State Carrying Out Ethnic Cleansing in Iraq

Right group says extremists responsible for mass killings and abductions of religious and ethnic minorities.

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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi outside the city of Dohuk, Iraq, August 25, 2014.
Displaced people from the minority Yazidi outside the city of Dohuk, Iraq, August 25, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes.

The rights group said the extremists, who in June overran parts of northern and western Iraq, have systematically targeted religious minorities.

In a report on Tuesday, Amnesty said the Islamic State group fighters expelled Christians, Shiites, Yazidis and others from their homes.

The report documented several cases where the militants carried out mass killings of Yazidi men, rounding up men and boys and killing them in groups.

The report also documented the abduction of hundreds of Yazidi women and children. It said the fate of most of the abducted women and children is still unknown.

On Monday, the United Nations agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale," with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

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