UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

GENEVA (AP) — The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country’s north and west.

The commission says the widespread and systematic killings by Islamic State, which now controls a swath of north and eastern Syria, occurred both in the northern city of Aleppo and in the western city of Raqqa where the group has its headquarters.

A four-member commission chaired by Brazilian diplomat and scholar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro also says President Bashar Assad’s government forces continue to perpetrate crimes against humanity through massacres and systematic murder, torture, rape and disappearances.

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