ATROCITY ACCUSATIONS: U.N. accuses Islamic State of mass killings
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/26/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The United Nations condemned the "appalling, widespread" crimes committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq. Officials say that the mass executions of prisoners that could amount to war crimes.
U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay condemned "grave, horrific human rights violations" being committed by IS, a jihadist group that has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay condemned "grave, horrific human rights violations" being committed by IS, a jihadist group that has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria.
Pillay said in a statement that up to 670 prisoners from Badush prison in Mosul were killed by IS forces on June 10. Pillay quoted survivors and witnesses in describing the "massacre" to U.N. human rights investigators.
"Such cold-blooded, systematic and intentional killings of civilians, after singling them out for their religious affiliation, may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity," Pillay said.
IS forces loaded 1,000 to 1,500 prisoners from the jail on to trucks and took them for screening, Pillay said. Sunni inmates were then separated and removed. "ISIL gunmen then yelled insults at the remaining prisoners, lined them up in four rows, ordered them to kneel and opened fire," she said.
Islamic State fighters have made gains against Kurdish forces in the north in recent weeks, seizing towns, oilfields and Iraq's largest dam. The sole victory of the past few weeks was when Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air power, took back the Mosul dam.
The video depicting the beheading of American journalist James Foley sparked outrage in the West and calls for tougher action against the jihadists, including taking the fight to them in Syria as well as Iraq.
Experts suggest that attacking Islamic State in Syria would require and arrangement with the government of President Bashar al-Assad. This would be a dramatic turnaround, as Bashar has been widely condemned in the West. An uprising against him began three years ago has left his nation in a state of ongoing civil war.
Syria said it would cooperate in any international efforts to fight Islamic State in the country, after Washington signaled it was considering extending the battle against the militants into Syrian territory.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem presented his country as a vital partner in the war against Islamic State.
"Syria, geographically and operationally, is the center of the international coalition to fight Islamic State," Moualem said in a TV interview. "States must come to it if they are serious in combating terrorism," he added.
Moualem said his government was ready to cooperate with any country fighting militants - although air raids without Damascus's approval would be seen as hostile acts.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted. That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
Some take pilgrimages to atone for sins, others simply desire time to fulfill their spiritual needs. Regardless of why people choose to ... continue reading
Innocent and terrified boys, aged from three to 16, entered what appeared to be a Mosul orphanage with tears streaming down their faces ... continue reading
Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes survives Jewish extremist attack - Celebrates first Mass in 2 years Watch
After eight months and about $1 million, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee has ... continue reading
'Death to America' - Thousands celebrate Islamic Revolution by burning American flags and shouting Anti-America slurs Watch
In 1979, Iran underwent an unusual revolution, which resulted in the rise of anti-American Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. LOS ... continue reading
Archaeologists have explored another Dead Sea Scroll cave in the Qumran cliffs of the West Bank. The cavern is the twelfth such cave in ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Leander of Seville: Saint of the Day for Monday, February 27, 2017
- 110-year-old nun shares the secret to a long life
- The world loses another Christian actor - Bill Paxton dead at 61
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 HD Video
- 'While high on heroin, I started reading the New Testament' - Amazing ...
- Clinton contributor makes revealing 'life insurance' video over fear ...
- Daily Readings for Monday, February 27, 2017
- Saint Elizabeth
- St. Augustine
- Saint Anne
- st agnes
- saint monica
- saint catherine
- Saint Lucy
- saint clare
- saint rose
- st rose of lima
- immaculate conception
- st augustine
- st monica
- saint of the day
- St. Elizabeth
- john bosco
- st catherine
- st. cecilia
- st. paul
- feast days
- Daily Reading for Monday, February 27th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, February 26th, 2017 HD
- Urgent action necessary for 5.5 million people starving in South Sudan HD
- Trump dumps Obama's transgender restroom policy HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.