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UN backs call for 'IS crimes' probe

The UN's top human rights body has approved the Iraqi government's request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State (IS) group in its rampage across north-eastern Syria and Iraq.

Diplomats agreed by unanimous consent to approve a nearly 1.2 million US dollars (£722,000) UN fact-finding mission at a day-long special session of the 47-nation Human Rights Council.

Iraq's request for the UN to investigate alleged abuses by the extremist group was included in a resolution that more broadly condemns the group's severe tactics but also calls on Iraq's government to protect human rights.

Its aim is to provide the Geneva-based council with a report and evidence next March that could shed further light on Iraqi atrocities and be used as part of any international war crimes prosecution.

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