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UN urges intl support as Iraq fights IS

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The U.N. Security Council urged the international community to expand support for the Iraqi government as it fights the Islamic State group and its allies, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there is a role for nearly every country in the world including Iran.

The presidential statement approved by all 15 council members at a meeting chaired by Kerry expressed “deep outrage” at the killing, kidnapping, rape and torture carried out by the Islamic State group. Some of those acts might constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, it said.

Kerry convened the council to show support for the new Iraqi government in its efforts to combat the Islamic State group and to mobilize the world against the extremists who control a large swath of Syria and north and western Iraq. He did so a day after Congress approved the Obama administration’s plan authorizing the U.S. military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants.

“If left unchecked, these terrorists certainly would pose a growing threat beyond the region because they have already promised it,” Kerry told the meeting that brought more than two dozen ministers to U.N. headquarters.

Nikolay Mladenov, the U.N.’s top envoy in Iraq, said the U.N. estimates that since January there have been at least 25,000 civilian casualties including at least 8,500 killed and more than 16,000 wounded.

Since the beginning of June, when Islamic State fighters swept across the border into Iraq, he said at least 4,700 civilians have been killed and some 6,500 wounded, he said.

Minority communities including Christians, Yezidis, Shabaks, Turkmen and others have been targeted by Islamic State fighters deliberately cleansing territories under their control, perpetrating crimes that may also amount to genocide, Mladenov said.

“We are facing throat-cutters,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. “They rape, crucify and decapitate. They use cruelty as a means of propaganda. Their aim is to erase borders and to eradicate the rule of law and civil society.”

Fabius said the Islamic State fighters represent a challenge to the international order and warned that in the future their targets will extend way beyond Syria and Iraq.

Kerry said the group has no vision beyond the slaughter of those who stand in its way.


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