Security Council condemns ISIL attacks in Iraq

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Mark Lyall Grant. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Communities in Iraq have been urged by the Security Council to unite to respond to the threat posed by the rebel fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

In a statement issued late on Tuesday, the Council condemned the recent attacks on Sinjar and Tal Afar in Ninewa province by ISIL.

The Council expressed its deep concern about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, many of them from vulnerable communities, who have been displaced by the ISIL's attacks and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom is the President of the Security Council in August.

"The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations, including Christians, and those who refuse the extremist ideology of ISIL and associated armed groups. The members of the Security Council call upon all of Iraq's communities to unite to respond, with the support of the international community, to this violent and senseless threat to Iraq's unity, identity and future." (28")

The Security Council affirmed that ISIL poses a threat not only to Iraq and Syria but to regional peace, security, and stability.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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