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Amnesty International: Islamic State group carried out war crimes, ethnic cleansing in Iraq

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Iraqi security forces hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured during an operation outside Amirli, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Aid began flowing into the small northern Shiite town in Iraq on Monday, a day after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by insurgents in a rare victory by government forces. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes.

The London-based rights group says the extremists, who in June overran parts of northern and western Iraq, have systematically targeted religious minorities.

In a report Tuesday, Amnesty says the Islamic State group fighters expelled Christians, Shiites, Yazidis and others from their homes.

The report documents several cases where the militants carried out mass killings of Yazidi men, rounding up men and boys and killing them in groups.

The report also documented the abduction of hundreds of Yazidi women and children. It says the fate of most of the abducted women and children is still unknown.