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Aug 27, 2014 6:49 AM by Associated Press

UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

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 said 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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