Kerry weighs 'genocide' label for ISIL

US Secretary of State John Kerry has given signal for labelling ISIL actions as genocide however Pentagon officials have expressed concerns that a genocide designation would morally obligate the U.S. to take steps that would divert resources from the campaign to defeat the Islamic State.

Kerry weighs 'genocide' label for ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Secretary of State John Kerry signaled today that he plans to decide soon whether to formally accuse the ISILof genocide which sources describe as an intense debate within the Obama administration about how such an annoucement should be worded and what it means for U.S. strategy against the terrorist group.

“None of us have ever seen anything like it in our lifetimes,” Kerry said during a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday about beheadings and atrocities committed by the Islamic State.

Saying the government was reviewing “very carefully the legal standards and precedents” for a declaration of genocide against ISIL, Kerry said that he had received “initial recommendations” on the issue but had then asked for “further evaluations.”

In his first public comments on the issue, Kerry said he “will make a decision on this” as soon as he receives those evaluations. He didn’t elaborate on when that might occur.

Althought the administration first revealed its plans in November, at the same time the State Department also focused on restricting the designation to ISIL's mass killings, beheadings and enslavement of the Yazidis — a relatively small minority group of about 500,000 in northern Iraq that the terrorist group has vowed to wipe out on the grounds they are “devil worshipers.”

Pentagon officials have expressed concerns that a genocide label would morally obligate the U.S. military to take steps — such as protecting endangered populations or using drones to identify enslaved women — that could divert resources from the campaign to defeat ISIL with other legal sources debating about the legal implication of such a label.

 

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