Clinton calls Islamic State killings of Christians, Yazidis ‘genocide’

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BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says 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.”

Clinton, responding to a voter in New Hampshire, says she’s been reluctant to use the term in recent months because calling something ‘genocide’ has broad implications. But she says evidence now demonstrates that actions by the Islamic State are “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.”

Clinton’s trip to New Hampshire is her last campaign travel of 2015. She’ll return to the state next week.

Written by Kathleen Ronayne