Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) executing dozens of captured Iraqi security forces members.
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United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by ISIS forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners and "ethnic and religious cleansing".The persecution of entire communities and systematic violations, documented by U.N. human rights investigators, would amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes under international law, she said in a statement.In Nineveh province, hundreds of Yazidis were killed and up to 2,500 kidnapped in early August, Pillay said, citing testimony from victims and witnesses.Pillay called on the Iraqi government and international community to protect vulnerable ethnic and religious groups.
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