Islamic State's shocking barbarity prompts calls for world to act

August 13, 2014 6:19 PM

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Shocking accounts of medieval brutality — including video of kneeling Iraqis being gunned down, a Twitter image of a young jihadist holding a severed head and threats by ISIS to take its savagery to the White House — have prompted desperate calls for the international community to stop the fanatical Islamic group.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this week joined Pope Francis, Egypt's top cleric and several world leaders in condemning the terrorist group, which now calls itself Islamic State and has carved out a caliphate, or nation of strict Sharia law, in northern Iraq and Syria.

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