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IS massacre of minorities is genocide, Hillary Clinton concedes

Published 30/12/2015

Hillary Clinton says there is now enough evidence to deem IS massacres genocide (AP)
Hillary Clinton says there is now enough evidence to deem IS massacres genocide (AP)

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said she now believes the Islamic State's persecution of Christians, the Yazidi minority and other religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East should be defined as genocide.

Her declaration came in response to a voter at a town hall in early-voting state New Hampshire, her last campaign event of 2015.

Mrs Clinton said she had been reluctant to use the term in recent months because calling something "genocide" had broad implications.

The voter who asked her to use the term genocide to describe the Islamic State (IS) killings cited world leaders including the Pope and various advocacy groups that are using the phrase to define the extremist group's killing of Christians, Yazidis, Kurdish Muslims, and other religious and ethnic minorities.

"Will you join those leaders, faith leaders and secular leaders and political leaders from both the right and the left, in calling what is happening by its proper name, genocide?" the voter asked.

"I will because we now have enough evidence," Mrs Clinton replied.

IS's actions, she said, were "deliberately aimed at destroying not only the lives, but wiping out the existence of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East in territory controlled by Isis (another name for IS)."

More than 100 members of the US Congress introduced a resolution in September calling "atrocities" committed by IS against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities genocide.

Mrs Clinton will return to New Hampshire for more campaign events on Sunday.

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