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US Lawmakers Declare Islamic State Crimes Genocide

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U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said ISIS is guilty of genocide. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said ISIS is “guilty of genocide.” Photo: Wikimedia Commons – The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday evening voted 393-0 in favor of a bipartisan resolution declaring that the Islamic State has committed genocide against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

“ISIS is guilty of genocide,” Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said in a statement. “With this declaration today, the House has taken a very serious step. There is no reason for the administration to drag out its own genocide determination any longer.”

The resolution also calls on the Obama administration and the United Nations to recognize the atrocities of the Islamic State as genocide.

“It is my sincere hope that this trans-partisan resolution will further compel the State Department to join the building international consensus in calling the horrific ISIS violence against Christians, Yezidis and others by its proper name: ‘genocide,’” said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) who introduced the measure.

A second measure of the resolution also said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime should be held accountable for its actions in the civil war over the past five years.

“More than 18,500 children are among the hundreds of thousands who’ve been killed by the chemical weapons, barrel bombs and firing squads unleashed by the Assad regime and its backers,” the statement claimed. “An international tribunal, like those established following the conflicts in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, is critical to ensuring peace and justice.”

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  • Jonah

    You would never see a vote such as this if Trump was not breathing down their neck. They fear Trump more than the choke hold Obsma has has on them. If a warrior for truth gets elected they would have to answer for their inactions and failure to speak out about Christian genocide. Their ability to be elected would be severely in jeapordy. The rubber is about to meet the mat and it has Trumps name on it. They think Trump is a radical but seem to forget the left wingnuts were biting fingers off those who were conservative voters last year….Standing at voting booths with knifes, and batons saying they need to kill our baby’s. We need a fighter for President, someone who will protect us from and incendiary frenzy that has been unleashed by Obsama. I fear Cruz is on a leash from large contributors who will hinder him from eliminating the insanity that has been unleashed on this world by Hilliary the harlot and the beast. Trump may be one of the seven thunders of revelation unleashed by God to stand against Obamas Islamic attempt to take over the world.