by Editor | June 12, 2014 3:05 am
BBC – The UN Security Council has condemned attacks in Iraq by Islamist militants who have overrun two major cities, Mosul and Tikrit.
The UN also said the humanitarian situation around Mosul, where up to 500,000 people have fled, was “dire and is worsening by the moment”.
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki vowed to fight back against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) insurgents.
He also said he would punish troops who fled offering little or no resistance.
The militants are consolidating positions in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, which they took on Tuesday, a day after capturing Mosul, Iraq’s second city.
ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda. It controls a large swathe of territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, in a campaign to set up a Sunni militant enclave straddling the border.
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