Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: rights groups

February 27, 2015 9:06 AM

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Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: rights groups

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday.

Several minority communities, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, have been subjected to killings, rape and sexual enslavement, and women and children have been targeted in particular, a report by four human rights organizations said.

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