Transcript for Secretary of State John Kerry Calls ISIS Atrocities 'Genocide'
The US makes a new declaration against the Islamic state known in the Middle East as a die yes in my judgment. Dash is responsible for genocide against groups. In areas under its control secretary of state John Kerry announced the results of his reveal of the terrorist groups atrocious actions. Against minority groups in the territory it controls the Islamic state has long been accused in the kidnapping rape slavery and murder. Of Christians young CDs and Shi a Muslims secretary Kerry said the extent of the crimes that meet the definition of genocide axed intended to destroy those groups of people its entire worldview. Is based on eliminating those who dot do not subscribe. To its perverse ideology lawmakers in the house agree we need to go on record. And declare the belief of congress that crisis. S without a doubt. Committed genocide unanimously passing a resolution this week condemning the Islamic states her graphic acts experts say in this case the declaration of genocide carries no legal weight. Countries are not required to act on genocide outside of their own territory the US is already leading the fight to rid the world of the Islamic states. Carries declaration. Might spur others into action naming these crimes is important. But what is essential. Is to stop them. The Islamic state is now the first terrorist group accused of genocide secretary Kerry said the US will continue to collect evidence and document atrocities. Pasok and Johnny ABC news Washington.
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