1. Islamic State

    UN Will Investigate War Crimes in Iraq

    Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Arbil, north of Baghdad July 24, 2014. Hundreds of Iraqi Christians marched to the United Nations office in Arbil city on Thursday calling for help for families who fled in the face of threats by Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR400HS,Militant Islamist fighters gesture as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKUL


    The United Nations is sending investigators to Iraq to look at crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on what officials describe as being on “an unimaginable scale.” The organization plans to hold the guilty parties to account. The UN’s Human Rights Council agreed to spend $1.18 million to send a team of 11 investigators, who are to report back by March 2015. Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has launched a reign of terror in swaths of Iraq and Syria that it has declared a Muslim “caliphate.” The extremists have slain thousands of people in the area, killing many in mass executions.

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