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The United Nations says the humanitarian crisis in Iraq has reached its highest level. U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov said Wednesday that declaring Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” will help trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of tens of thousands of people displaced by the Islamic State extremist group’s offensive. He went to say that Iraq was raised to the most serious level “given the scale and complexity of the current humanitarian catastrophe.

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