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UN chief warns of risk of sectarian violence on 'massive scale' in Iraq and beyond

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that sectarian violence could blow up to huge proportions as Iraq's instability deepens.

Ban says he is deeply disturbed at the reports of likely war crimes, "terrorist attacks" and other atrocities as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, looks to link areas under its control on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border.

The U.N. chief told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that "there is a real risk of further sectarian violence on a massive scale in Iraq and beyond its borders" and urged the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to take a more inclusive approach.

He said "the Iraqi government should have one state, whether it is Sunni, Shiite or Kurds, they should be able to harmoniously live together."