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News in Brief 10 August 2022

  • UN chief expresses solidarity with Republic of Korea after deadly floods

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  • 10,000 Da’esh fighters estimated to operate on Syria-Iraq border

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New UN team to investigate ISIL crimes in Iraq

In a “landmark” resolution, the Security Council established a new team on Thursday to investigate alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL in Iraq.

ISIL, also known as Daesh, overran large areas of Iraq and Syria in 2014, but in the past year it has seen most of its territory liberated by Iraqi and coalition forces across the region.

The new team will operate with the full support of the Iraqi government, which has been working with the United Kingdom on the resolution for some time.

Matt Wells reports.

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Syria’s “moment of truth” fast approaching: Envoy

ISIL or Daesh fighters in two key Syrian towns are nearing defeat and when that happens it could be the “moment of truth” for the future of the country, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.

Speaking in Geneva, the veteran negotiator said that Deir-ez-Zour was essentially liberated from the extremists.

Raqqa, Mr de Mistura added, was only days or at most, weeks away from freedom.