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Daesh persecution of Christians a genocide, says US

The US Government has declared the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East by Daesh (so-called “Islamic State”) as a genocide. US Secretary of State John Kerry made the statement yesterday (17 March). “In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims,” Mr Kerry said. “Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions – in what it says, what it believes, and what it does. Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities." On the plight of Christians at the hands of Daesh, Mr Kerry said: “We know that in Mosul, Qaraqosh, and elsewhere, Daesh has executed Christians solely because of their faith; that it executed 49 Coptic and Ethiopian Christians in Libya; and that it has also forced Christian women and girls into sexual slavery..." Read the full story by Anglican Communion News Service,here.