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Iraq: Religious leaders issue unprecedented call to support victims of ISIL terror, including fighters’ children  

Children are born innocent, “regardless” of their relationship to extremist fighters from the terrorist group known as ISIL or Da’esh, “and they should be treated with kindness and love”.  

That’s one of the key points emphasized by religious leaders in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, in an unprecedented joint declaration, calling for justice on behalf of victims of the terrorist group, which once controlled large parts of Iraq and Syria.  

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Religious leaders find common ground to prevent future atrocities

Religious leaders from around the world are coming together at UN Headquarters on Friday to launch a new action plan aimed at preventing future genocide.

The Plan of Action to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes, aims to “prevent, strengthen and build” on measures to counter the kind of ideology that led to genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, in 2014, at the hands of Daesh militants.