Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kerry Says ISIS Guilty of Genocide

As reported by CNN, Secretary of State John Kerry today said he had determined that ISIS (also known as Daesh) is guilty of genocide. At a news conference this morning (video  and full text of Kerry's statement), he said in part:
My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions – in what it says, what it believes, and what it does. Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities.