In a report released on September 2, the rights group Amnesty International said Islamic State (IS) militants were guilty of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq.
The report cites "hair-raising" accounts from survivors of massacres that Amnesty said shows IS fighters have committed "war crimes."
The report said, "The massacres and abductions being carried out by the Islamic State provide harrowing new evidence that a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq."
The report said just in the two villages of Qiniyeh on August 3 and Kocho on August 15 "the number of those killed…runs into the hundreds."
It also said IS fighters had "transformed rural areas of Sinjar into blood-soaked killing fields in its brutal campaign to obliterate all trace of non-Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims."