An ISIL fighter holding the group’s flag in the Iraqi city of Mosul [File: Stringer/Reuters]

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL, also known as ISIS) “deliberate, wanton annihilation” of agricultural land in northern Iraq amounts to a war crime, Amnesty International has said.

The rights group, in a report released on Thursday, said the ISIL’s “scorched-earth tactics” devastated Iraq’s rural communities as it looted livestock, burned orchards, planted land mines, sabotaged water pumps

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