Baghdad: The joint forces of Iraqi Shia militants and Kurds are advancing against Islamist State militants, a day after Iraq military took control of the Shiite town of Amerli from jihadists, as per a BBC news report.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has accused the Islamist State jihadists of “ethnic cleansing” and mass killings of minorities in the strife-torn country.
Citing "hair-raising" accounts from survivors of massacres, the rights group said the jihadists committed "war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions", the AFP reported.
The Sunni radical IS has pressed a campaign of terror in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, which it has declared an Islamic "caliphate," carrying out decapitations, crucifixions and public stonings.
The Amnesty report -- named "Ethnic cleansing on historic scale: the Islamic State`s systematic targeting of minorities in northern Iraq" -- provides witness accounts of mass killings.
The watchdog said two of the "deadliest" incidents took place in the Yazidi villages of Qiniyeh and Kocho on August 3 and August 15 respectively.
Amnesty`s Rovera urged Iraqi authorities to track down and bring to justice "those ordering, carrying out or assisting in these war crimes".
(With AFP Inputs)