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'Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale' uncovered in Iraq

Islamic State militants are carrying out “ethnic cleansing on a historic scale” in northern Iraq, according to new evidence discovered by Amnesty International.

Survivors told the charity that ethnic minorities in the area were being “systematically and deliberately” targeted by the group.

Some described how men and boys were taken to the outskirts of villages in pick-up trucks, forced to squat over the edge of graves and shot execution-style.

Others said women and girls from the Yazidi minority were taken away from their families as slaves for the militants and threatened with rape.

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'Ethnic cleansing on a historic scale' uncovered in Iraq

Islamic State militants are carrying out “ethnic cleansing on a historic scale” in northern Iraq, according to new evidence discovered by Amnesty International.

Sawsan cries as she tells Amnesty International her husband was abducted. Credit: Amnesty International

Survivors told the charity that ethnic minorities in the area were being “systematically and deliberately” targeted by the group.

Elias Saleh told the charity he survived a massacre in Kocho. Credit: Amnesty International

Some described how men and boys were taken to the outskirts of villages in pick-up trucks, forced to squat over the edge of graves and shot execution-style.

Many families have been displaced in northern Iraq as they flee from fighting. Credit: Amnesty International

Others said women and girls from the Yazidi minority were taken away from their families as slaves for the militants and threatened with rape.

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