Iraq: UN chief congratulates Prime Minister al-Abadi on recapture of Ramadi from ISIL

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to congratulate him on the success of the Iraqi security forces in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), calling the liberation of the city of Ramadi an important victory.

Security Council hears briefing on Turkish troop deployment in northern Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed the hope that the governments of Iraq and Turkey will exercise restraint, including in their public statements, and intensify their bilateral discussions to diffuse tensions after Turkish troop deployment in northern Iraq earlier this month to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Security Council was told in a briefing this evening.

Internet, social media help ISIL recruit 30,000 fighters

The terrorist organization ISIL has used the internet and social media to recruit at least 30,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 countries to fight in Syria and Iraq.

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Reports of abuses by Iraqi, Kurdish forces against Sunni Arabs increasing, UN rights office says

Reports of human rights abuses against Sunni Arabs by Iraqi and Kurdish security forces in parts of Iraq reclaimed from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are increasing, ranging from looting to extra-judicial killings, senior United Nations officials said today.

New UN report warns of ‘abhorrent violations’ against children in war-torn Iraq

Boys and girls in war-weary Iraq are suffering from grave violations with “dramatic consequences,” according to the latest report from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the situation of children and armed conflict in the country.

Ban condemns ‘heinous’ terrorist attacks in Baghdad

United Nations Secretary-Genera, Ban Ki-moon has condemned the two bomb attacks in Baghdad, Iraq, which yesterday killed at least 15 civilians and injured several dozen, many of whom were marking the Shi’a religious observance of Arbaeen.

Iraq: ‘vicious circle of violence’ claims nearly 500 civilian lives in November, UN mission reports

Nearly 500 Iraqi civilians were killed in Iraq last month in a “vicious circle of violence,” ranging from acts of terrorism to armed conflict, as the total number of Iraqi casualties rose to more than 2,100, according to the UN Assistance Mission in the crisis-gripped country.

Human cost of Iraq crisis is ‘devastating,’ UN deputy relief chief warns, urging increased humanitarian aid

Warning of a further “dramatic” worsening of the humanitarian situation in Iraq, a senior United Nations relief official today urged increased international support to assist millions in need and to rebuild areas retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) so people can return to their homes “voluntarily and safely.”

UN agencies concerned about worsening humanitarian conditions of displaced Iraqis in Kurdistan

A recent assessment conducted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and REACH initiative found that the humanitarian situation of Iraqis displaced in the Kurdistan region of Iraq is worsening due to limited access to jobs and economic opportunities, forcing many to resort to negative coping mechanism to meet their basic food needs.

“Strong rallying call” issued against ISIL terrorists

A resolution adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council provides a “strong rallying call” against terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria; that’s according to the President of the Council and British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft.

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