Syria, Iraq, ISIS: On the Edge of Regional War
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, established on 22 August 2011, released an oral update about the ongoing conflict Syria and its effects. According to the Commission both four yearlong Syrian internal conflict and the attacks and the human right abuses of ISIS bring entire region on the brink of war.
The head of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry said:
“The conflict in Syria has reached a tipping point, threatening the entire region…
In three years of conflict, millions of Syrians have suffered. An estimated 9.3 million Syrians are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, with 4.25 million IDPs and 2.8 million refugees in neighboring countries. The vast majority are women and children…
ISIS’ attacks on northern Iraqi cities will produce serious implications for the Syrian conflict…
International community has stumbled and fallen when it has come to seeking justice for and in our protection of the Syrian people. In Syria, the majority of the population are victims of the current conflict.”
The Commission of Inquiry, investigating war crimes and other abuses in Syria, ask for international community to react and Security Council to secure regional and international peace through effectively using its enforcing mechanisms.
“All Iraqi leaders – political, military, religious and community – to ensure that their followers avoid acts of reprisal and come together in an inclusive spirit to address this serious threat to the country.”
UN Assistance Mission for Iraq reported that thousands of families have fled violence in the north-western town of Tal Afar. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the number of displaced people arriving in the Kurdish region of Iraq continues to increase, with some 3,000 families arriving overnight. In total, 325,000 displaced people, out of the 500,000 displaced from Mosul, have arrived in the Kurdistan Region since 6 June.