Just when you think the terrorist goons behind ISIS can’t sink any lower, they continue to shock.
A new report from the United Nations has shined a light on the appalling cost of the terror group’s campaign throughout Iraq. The report revealed that, among other barbaric acts, the terror group has kidnapped more than 900 children in just over a year.
Once abducted, the children are brainwashed in the terror group’s radical Islamic doctrine. Many of these indoctrinated children are forced to take up arms for ISIS, and children caught trying to flee are executed.
At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year as Iraqi forces battled the ISIS group, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.
The report documented a wide range of other human rights abuses, which includes ISIS’ conscription of some 3,500 people into slavery, mainly women and children from the Yazidi religious minority captured in the summer of 2014 and forced into sexual slavery.
The reports called the civilian death toll in Iraq “staggering.” It also detailed the various methods the ISIS group has employed to kill its enemies, including public beheadings, running people over with bulldozers, burning them alive and throwing them off buildings.
Such acts are “systematic and widespread… abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law,” the report said. “These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide.”
Iraqi forces – supported by American airstrikes – have advanced against the ISIS group on a number of fronts in recent months and driven them out of the western city of Ramadi.
But U.N. envoy Jan Kubis said in a statement that “despite their steady losses to pro-government forces, the scourge of ISIL continues to kill, maim and displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and to cause untold suffering,” using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State.
U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein said the civilian death toll may be considerably higher.
“Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq,” he said in a statement.
ISIS swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014 and still controls much of Iraq and neighboring Syria. It has set up a self-styled caliphate in the territories under its control, which it governs with a harsh and violent interpretation of Islamic law.
The Associated Press contributed to this article