Kerry declares Islamic State has committed genocide

March 17, 2016 1:49 PM

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Secretary of State John F. Kerry formally declared Thursday that the Islamic State extremist group has committed genocide against Christians and other religious minorities, including Shiite Muslims, in its rampages across the Middle East.

Responding to a March 17 deadline set by Congress late last year, Kerry issued a finding that largely concurred with a resolution passed unanimously Monday night by the House of Representatives declaring the Islamic State guilty of genocide. The vote was 393 to 0.

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