Secretary of State John Kerry said today (March 17, 2016) that the United States has determined that action by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) against Christians and other minority groups in Iraq and Syria constitutes genocide, according to the CNN website.
"My purpose here today is to assert in my judgment, ISIS is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control including Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims," he said, during a news conference at the State Department today.
Kerry added that in 2014, ISIS trapped Yazidis, killed them, enslaved thousands of Yazidi women and girls, "selling them at auction, raping them at will and destroying the communities in which they had lived for countless generations," executed Christians "solely for their faith" and also "forced Christian women and girls into slavery." (Yazidis have a unique religion that includes some parts of Christianity, Islam, and other faiths.)
"Without our intervention, it is clear that those people would have been slaughtered," he said.