WASHINGTON (RNS) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson underlined the nation’s commitment to protecting religious and ethnic groups targeted by the so-called Islamic State as he issued his department’s first international religious freedom report since President Trump took office.

“ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims in areas it controls or has controlled,” said Tillerson on Tuesday (Aug. 15) at the State Department, linking ISIS to ethnic cleansing of religious minorities and attacks on churches and Christian pilgrims in Egypt.

“The protection of these groups — and others subject to violent extremism — is a human

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