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UN 'genocide' warning as support grows for new Iraqi PM

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters monitor the area from their front line position in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometres north-east of Mosul on August 12, 2014Up to 30,000 people are still facing a “potential genocide” on a mountain in northern Iraq, the UN warned as the country’s premier designate gained widespread support from countries hoping political reconciliation would help undercut jihadists. Thousands of members of minority groups, including Yazidis and Christians, faced a major threat from militants of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group and a worsening humanitarian situation. UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters there were 20,000-30,000 people on Mount Sinjar, and UN minority rights expert Rita Izsak warned they face “a mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours”. Overnight Tuesday the US military conducted a sixth airdrop of a total of 108 bundles of food and water for thousands of Iraqis on Mount Sinjar, said a media release of the US Central Command in Florida.

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