The United States says the Islamic State group has committed genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.

US Secretary of State John Kerry declared Islamic State, which he called Daesh, as “genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions”.

According to BBC News, Mr. Kerry also said the group was responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

Islamic State has been accused of mass killings and other atrocities in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.

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