Displaced Iraqi Yezidi women gather sitting at the Bajid Kandala camp near the Tigris River, in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province, where they took refuge after fleeing advances by ISIS in Iraq on August 13, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq amid reports of ISIS killing dozens of residents in besieged ethnic Yezidi areas.While details of the latest incident were not immediately confirmed, such attacks in the past have led the U.S. military to take action.U.S. President Barack Obama said a first week of airstrikes had broken the siege of the northern Sinjar mountain where civilians had been hiding from jihadists for more than 10 days. Support for Maliki's designated replacement, Haidar al-Abadi, has poured in from sources as diverse as Iran and Saudi Arabia.When jihadist forces launched their offensive on June 9, Kurdish peshmerga forces initially fared better than retreating federal soldiers, but the abandoned U.S.-made weaponry government troops left in their wake turned ISIS into a formidable foe. When the jihadists, who have controlled parts of Syria for months, swept across the Sunni heartland of Iraq in early June, they encountered little or no resistance.
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