Geno­cide row

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A transat­lantic split has opened up over the crimes of so-called Is­lamic State.

Last week the Amer­i­can Sec­re­tary of State, John Kerry, de­clared that the group had com­mit­ted geno­cide against Yazidis, Chris­tians and Shia Mus­lims. Mr Kerry also said ISIS was re­spon­si­ble for crimes against hu­man­ity and eth­nic cleans­ing in ar­eas it con­trols in Syria and Iraq.

How­ever, this week the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron dis­missed calls to clas­sify the ji­hadist at­tacks against Chris­tians and other re­li­gious mi­nori­ties in the Mid­dle East as geno­cide.

His com­ments came as peers in the House of Lords planned a vote on the is­sue through an amend­ment to the Im­mi­gra­tion Bill.

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