Amnesty International has said a "wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq" after the charity uncovered evidence of mass killings in the region.
The massacres and abductions being carried out by the Islamic State provide harrowing new evidence that a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq.
The Islamic State is carrying out despicable crimes and has transformed rural areas of Sinjar into blood-soaked killing fields in its brutal campaign to obliterate all trace of non- Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims.
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