Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have captured the northern city of Tal Afar. The latest capture has resulted in international condemnation and calls for unity in Iraq.
The seizure early Monday comes after a week in which militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized Mosul and Tikrit and threatened to advance on Baghdad.
A senior State Department official said Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with his counterparts from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates about the need to support the people of Iraq and Syria against the threat of ISIL. The official said the ministers also talked about the need for Iraq’s leaders to implement a “coordinated and effective approach” to move the country forward.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also stressed the need for political and social measures and an “inclusive national security plan” to address the security threat. He again condemned the violence by ISIL, including what his spokesman called “deeply disturbing” reports of summary executions by the militants.