World should unite to end "unfettered barbarity" of ISIL: John Kerry

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John Kerry (left). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The world needs to come together to put an end to what's been called the "unfettered barbarity" of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL.

US Secretary of State John Kerry made the call as chair of a Security Council debate on Iraq on Friday.

A statement was adopted by the Council expressing support for the new inclusive Iraqi government as well as the international effort to counter ISIL.

A recent UN probe found ISIL guilty of massacres in Syria and Iraq, the execution of women and exposing children to extreme violence, including public executions.

Mr Kerry said history would ultimately judge how the world responds to this challenge.

"In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are actually unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners, kneel them down, tying their hands on their back, bullet through their heads. They kill children they enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. And in acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists, Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff and a British aid worker, David Haines."

The militant group poses a threat not only to Iraq and Syria, Kerry noted, but also to the broader Middle East.

If left unchecked, he added, these terrorists would certainly pose a growing threat beyond the region because they have already promised to.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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