Kerry declares ISIS committing genocide against Christians, others

March 17, 2016 1:29 PM

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Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday he’s determined the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, after facing heavy pressure from lawmakers and rights groups to make the rare designation.

“In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims,” Kerry said at the State Department on Thursday. Daesh is another name for the Islamic State.

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