Iraq crisis: Shia, Kurdish forces advance against Islamic State militants

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.

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)

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