The horizon is seen through a telescopic rifle belonging to a Kurdish Peshmerga sniper on the front line in the Gwer district, south of Irbil September 15, 2014. (AFP/JM Lopez)
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United Nations war crimes investigators for Syria cautioned world powers preparing military action against ISIS fighters that the 'laws of war' would apply to them and they must do everything possible to protect civilian populations.The government of President Bashar Assad, however, remained responsible for the majority of civilian casualties.The U.S. military struck an ISIS target southwest of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said, in an expansion of the Obama administration's campaign against the group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria.Airstrikes against ISIS fighters have already stirred complaints in Sunni areas of civilian casualties. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday that he had ordered his forces to refrain from any strikes in civilian areas, even towns occupied by ISIS militants. ISIS forces in Syria have brutally and publicly executed civilians, as well as captured rebel fighters and government soldiers over the past two months, Pinheiro said.
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