United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) shakes hands with Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, in Baghdad March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Karim Kadim/Pool
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Ban's remarks, made during a one-day visit to Iraq, amounted to the strongest warning to date by a world leader regarding the suspected conduct of some of the Shiite paramilitaries battling Sunni Muslim ISIS fighters.Ban said actions committed by ISIS against Iraq's Shiite majority and religious minorities, including massacres of soldiers and executions of civilians, did not justify any similar action by the pro-government fighters.The Shiite armed factions, who have been leading the fight against Sunni jihadis since the near collapse of the Iraqi army last summer, have denied accusations of abuse.A moderate Shiite Islamist, Abadi came to power after ISIS' military rise last summer.Sunni civilians complain rights abuses continue to the present day.
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