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State Department: It's Genocide

On March 17, United States Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the State Department’s determination that the Islamic State has indeed committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims in Iraq and Syria.

In the State Department briefing room, Kerry said, “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 Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.” Kerry referred to ISIS by its Arabic nickname and added, “Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions in what it says, what it believes and what it does.”

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