U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Accuses ISIL of Genocide Attack against Religions such as Christians, Kurds, Shiites, and Yazidis, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the militant group ISIL of carrying out a genocide against Christians, Kurds, Shiites, and Yazidis.
On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, accused the militant Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL; also called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS]) of carrying out a genocide against religious and ethnic minorities in the areas of Syria and Iraq that it controls.
In a press conference in Washington, D.C., he called for an international investigation into atrocities committed by ISIL and punishment for those found to be responsible.
Since coming to power in parts of Iraq and Syria, ISIL has boasted about its brutal treatment of minorities, including Christians, Yazidis, Kurds, and Shiites.
Videos produced by ISIL have shown mass executions and the destruction of places of worship, and the group has also released statements justifying the extermination and enslavement of minorities in religious terms.
This grim picture is confirmed by the testimony of refugees, who have given accounts of systematic murder, torture, and rape under ISIL.
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