UN accuses Islamic State of executions, rape, forced child recruitment in Iraq

Uprooted by the violence, the displaced live “cruel and difficult” conditions, the country’s top Shi’ite cleric said Friday sermon, criticizing Iraqi and international agencies for ignoring their plight.

“The institutions concerned with this are still not meeting the scale the hardships and suffering, despite the promises that we heard help,” Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani said a sermon delivered by an aide the Shi’ite holy city Karbala.

Security sources and witnesses said fighting continued on Friday several towns north Baghdad. Near the military base at Muqdadiya, 50 miles (80 km) north the capital, militants blew up a bridge to prevent Kurdish Shi’ite tribes bringing reinforcements to confront them, they said.


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