With the world's news media covering the shocking story of Malaysia Airlines MH17 and its 298 passengers being shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists, little attention is being given to other crises especially the global jihad. For example, on Thursday, al-Qaida-linked Boko Haram terrorists invaded the northeastern Nigerian town of Damboa arbitrarily killing villagers and torching many of the township's houses.
According to African media organizations, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, a group who are dissatisfied with the government's protection, claims that half the town of Damboa is burning to the ground.
Islamic extremists attacked a new military base near the town, and the security force was driven out. While the Nigerian soldiers killed about 40 terrorists and lost six soldiers who were shot to death, local town reported that the soldier retreated and abandoned the base and Boko Haram jihadists have twice ambushed military united attempting to reach the base.
Meanwhile on Friday, the United Nations accused Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters of executing religious Christians and Shi'ites, school teachers and health workers. ISIS is also accused of forcibly recruiting children and raping women among acts qualify as war crimes.
Official from the United Nations released a report documenting attacks against civilians by the former al-Qaida in Iraq, who now call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The report also accuses the Iraqi military, police and security forces of failing to protect the Iraqi people from the extreme violence.
The UN claims that about 5,570 Iraqi civilians were killed during the first six-months of 2014. According to the report: “ISIS and associated armed groups have also continued to… perpetrate targeted assassinations (community, political, and religious leaders, government employees, education professionals, health workers, etc.), sexual assault, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls, forced recruitment of children, kidnappings, executions, robberies.”
The report also noted the extent of the destruction and plundering of places of worship and of cultural or historical significance, which is not surprising because of the hatred that exists between the majority Shi'ites and the minority Sunnis, from which al-Qaida's offshoots emanate.
“Every day we receive accounts of a terrible litany of human rights violations being committed in Iraq against ordinary Iraqi children, women and men, who have been deprived of their security, their livelihoods, their homes, education, healthcare and other basic services,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.
The UN report claims that the lack of security in Iraq had hampered officials' ability to accurately record some incidents of terrorism and war crimes. Close to 1.2 million Iraqi civilians were displaced so far in 2014, according to the report.