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UN says Islamic State may have committed genocide

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 1:04 PM

The United Nations says jihadists from the Islamic State group may have committed genocide and war crimes against a minority community in Iraq.

In a new report, it says IS had the intent to destroy the Yazidi as a group.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled villages in northern Iraq amid IS advances last summer.

Many were killed, captured and enslaved.

Yazidis follow an ancient faith that jihadists regard as devil worship.

The report, commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, was based on more than 100 interviews with survivors of attacks in Iraq between June 2014 and February this year.