Committee calls attacks on Christians, others in Middle East ‘genocide’

Catholic News Service The House Foreign Affairs Committee March 2 unanimously passed a bipartisan measure condemning as genocide the killing of Christians, Yezidis and other ethnic and religious minorities by Islamic State militants in the Middle East. The House body also passed a second measure unanimously calling for an international tribunal to hold the Syrian…

Syriac patriarch calls Islamic State actions ‘attempted genocide’

BEIRUT (CNS) – Returning from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide.” “What we, the five patriarchs, saw in Ankawa, Irbil and other cities of Kurdistan, was something indescribable in terms of the violation of…