ISIS News: U.S. Pressured to Do More in Syria and Iraq ‘Genocide’

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By Marvie Basilan , Christian Post Contributor
Displaced residents from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from Islamic State forces in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border with Iraq, August 11, 2014.

As the Islamic State continues to batter towns in Syria and Iraq, the United States is being pressured by various groups to do something about the killings and bombings that are increasingly becoming disturbing by the day.

According to CNN, lawmakers and activists have already called the atrocities “genocide.” Religious rights groups have started pushing the Obama administration on the edge with various methods to make the president and his people realize that people in Iraq and Syria are getting wiped off.

A petition has been released this week and a commercial is set to be aired on cable news channels to further imply how important it is for the United States to do more intervention to avoid additional deaths.

Hearings took place this week, with some political names pressing on the administration to start acting more aggressive. Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California said, “It’s time for America to act. We are talking about the lives of tens of thousands of people who are brutally being brutally slaughtered, targeted for genocide.”

One of the more popular aspects that push not only politicians but also religious entities to put more pressure on the government is the killings of Christians and Yazidis. Iraqi local activists reported earlier that thousands of Yazidis from religious sects have been killed by the terrorists, with many of them beheaded.

The White House seems to be firm on its stand that there are a lot of aspects to be considered, morally and legally, before dubbing the killings as “genocide.” According to White House spokesperson Josh Earnest, lawyers are still debating if the term used by activists and religious group advocates should be applied in the Iraq and Syria wars.

On the other hand, Earnest said the administration is working hard to protect what it can, specifically the minorities, who seem to be targeted largely by the extremists.

Former State Department senior adviser Robert McKenzie says no matter what label the terror group is given, he doubts if it will largely affect the global and twisted aspirations of this generation’s most feared terrorist assembly.