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UN Council urges world to help Iraq after jihadist onslaught

Iraqi Shiite volunteers who have joined government forces to fight Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) take part in a training session near the southern port city of Basra on August 7, 2014The UN Security Council on Thursday urged governments to help Iraq cope with a humanitarian crisis sparked by a jihadist offensive that has left hundreds of thousands of Iraqis on the run. The 15-nation Council issued the appeal as the United States was weighing action including possible airdrops to trapped civilians and France offered support to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State(IS) fighters. The Council called on “the international community to support the government and the people of Iraq and to do all it can to help alleviate the suffering of the population,” said a unanimous statement from the 15 members. IS, which proclaimed a “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq in late June, moved into Iraq’s main Christian town Qaraqosh overnight after the withdrawal of Kurdish peshmerga troops.

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