Middle East

Kerry: 'Warning signs of genocide' in Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds prayer beads in Kabul, Afghanistan August 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that a campaign by Islamist militants in Iraq bore the signs of genocide and the stakes for the country could not be clearer.

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he had authorized U.S. airstrikes to blunt the onslaught of militants in northern Iraq and began airdrops of supplies to besieged religious minorities to prevent a "potential act of genocide."

"The stakes for Iraq's future can also not be more clear," Kerry said on a visit to the Afghan capital, Kabul.

"ISIS' campaign of terror against the innocent, including the Christian minority, and its grotesque targeted acts of violence show all the warning signs of genocide," he said, referring to Islamic State militants.





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