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article imageOp-Ed: More ISIS war crimes and crimes against humanity

By Paul Iddon     Nov 14, 2014 in Politics
The latest United Nations report about the Islamist State (IS, formerly of course ISIS) group's atrocities in Syria is damning, but certainly not surprising.
Entitled “Rule of Terror: Living Under ISIS in Syria”, the report took into account testimonies of victims of IS terror as well as photographic and video evidence. It found the group frequently tortured people for the smallest of offenses, and unlike the Syrian regime is proud of flaunting its crimes and makes no effort whatsoever to try to conceal nor deny them.
The report accredits Islamic State's ability to destabilize the region in the way it did as a result of the fact that the Syrian crisis was left persist and the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad was never confronted.
Given the “massive scale” of IS atrocities and war crimes in Syria the report insists that IS leaders and commanders should be brought before the International Criminal Court and charged for their egregious crimes. Many of which constitute crimes against humanity.
The report also informs us that, just like the Hamas group frequently do after firing rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, Islamic State fighters are directly responsible for many of the civilian casualties which have resulted from the U.S.-led coalition air campaign against Islamic State, Operation Inherent Resolve. This is due to the fact that they intentionally use civilians and their property as shields, another war crime. This appears to be a routine action on the part of these fighters.
And as if that wasn't bad enough they have intentionally deprived some 600,000 people in the parts of Syria it controls of food and medical aid, utilizing it as a weapon in the run up to winter.
Other crimes are ones we have all heard about and to an extent seen through those nasty videos IS enthusiastically and proudly promote. Women are routinely raped, often killed tortured and in the most literal sense of the word enslaved. In the case of the Yazidi women from Iraq they are enslaved, raped and then forced to bear children. Children are also forced to fight and the report indicates have also been forced to watch mass executions.
Such a situation cries out for a response and for attention. While Islamic State is being targeted by the United States and its allies it is clear that not enough is being done for now to halt that groups savage and vicious crimes against humanity.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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