LATE TO THE PUNCH: U.S. Declares ‘Islamic State Committed Genocide’ and ‘We Need to End it’

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.28.54 AMReally, John Kerry? It took you this long to realize that? A new administration can not come soon enough!

The US says the Islamic State (IS) group has committed genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said IS was “genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions”.

He also said the group was responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.

“Naming these crimes is important, but what is essential is to stop them,” Mr Kerry added.

Mr Kerry admitted that a lack of access to IS areas meant the US did not have a “complete picture” of the atrocities that had been carried out.

He said the “full facts” must be sought by an independent international investigation.

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