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UN moves against Iraq Islamists amid reports of massacre

Published on Aug 16, 2014 12:09 PM
 
The UN Security Council votes on Aug 15, 2014 at United Nations headquarters in New York. The meeting was called to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq amid reports of Islamic State jihadists killing dozens of residents in besieged ethnic Yazidi areas. -- PHOTO: AFP

BAGHDAD (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq amid reports of Islamic State jihadists killing dozens of residents in besieged ethnic Yazidi areas.

Western media reported dozens of men from the Yazidi faith were massacred in the village of Kocho, 45 kilometres from the Kurdish-held town of Sinjar. Some reports spoke of residents being told to convert to Islam or face summary execution.

While details of the latest incident were not immediately confirmed, such attacks in the past have led the US military to take action. US President Barack Obama said a first week of air strikes had broken the siege of the northern Sinjar mountain where civilians had been hiding from jihadists for more than 10 days.

The US carried out more air strikes on Friday, the military said, after receiving reports that Islamic State "terrorists were attacking civilians" in the area.

 
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