The Security Council is meeting on the crisis in Iraq, but there is little prospect of any action by the U.N.'s most powerful body.
Council members were being briefed behind closed doors Thursday by the top U.N. envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, via videoconference from Baghdad.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the current council president, called the situation in Iraq "extremely dramatic" but said Thursday he didn't know what the council can do.
He said the root causes of the conflict lie in the Iraq war and the failure to rebuild and restructure Iraqi agencies and the army.
The council on Wednesday deplored "in the strongest terms" the terrorist attack in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, and condemned recent terrorist attacks elsewhere aimed at destabilizing the country and region.