Obama Administration Finally Declares ISIS is Committing Genocide Against Christians

19 months after the crisis of ISIS's slaughter of innocent Christians and Yazidis first started, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry finally declared it genocide, and the Obama administration wanted the declaration to include Shia Muslims. Kerry said, "Daesh is genocidal by self proclamation, by ideology and by actions, in what it says, what it believes and what it does." In August of 2014, ISIS killed as many as 5,000 Yazidi men, kidnapped even more Yazidi women and trapped 50,000 followers of the religion on Sinjar Mountain close to the border of Syria.

Kerry said this morning, "We will do all we can to see that the perpetrators are held accountable." In a statement delivered from the State Department, Kerry said "I am neither the judge nor the prosecutor nor jury. Ultimately the full facts must be brought to light by an independent investigation and through formal legal determination." This week, the House passed a nonbinding resolution by a 393-0 vote condemning the atrocities as genocide.

Republican Representative Jeff Fortenberry, a sponsor of the House resolution condemning the genocide told AP in an emailed statement, "This is heartbreaking. There has been ample time for analysis. The evidence of ISIS genocide against Christians, Yezidis and others is horrifyingly clear. I cannot understand the hesitation by the State Department."

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