The Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday in an announcement likely to have little impact on the U.S. military effort against the militant group. The designation, however, could be a first step toward war crimes trials, supporters said. The U.S. House passed a resolution similar to Kerry’s declaration in a unanimous vote Monday. Religious groups in the U.S. have been pressuring Washington for such a statement — and a commitment to stop the carnage. “In my judgment, Da’esh (Islamic State) is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims,” (read more at USA Today)
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