Iraqi security forces and ISIL accused of carrying out executions: UN

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Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The warring factions in Iraq have both been accused of carrying out summary executions, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq.

The Sunni-Islamist militants, know as ISIL, have been battling the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) over the past two weeks for control of the country.

ISIL has been branded a "terrorist organization" by the UN Security Council.

The Special Representative Nickolay Mladenov confirmed that since early June, at least 1,300 civilians have been killed and 1,250 have been wounded in the conflict.

Mr Mladenov who is also head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has called on the Iraqi authorities to swiftly investigate these violations.

"UNAMI has verified incidents of ISIL executing captured police, officers, soldiers and civilians. We have also received a number of reports of abductions by ISIL of members of different religious and ethnic groups such as the Shabak, Yezidi and the Turcomans. In fact that is an increasingly important concern for as the minority groups fall right in the pathway of the conflict in the north of this country."

The UNAMI chief said his office has also confirmed reports of summary executions of prisoners by the Iraqi army in at least 2 cases.

One was allegedly in Tal Afar involving the killing of 31 detainees. However, he added, the information has not been fully verified.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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