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Congress to Condemn Syrian Genocide But Give Assad a Pass

Lawmakers want to be seen as protecting Christians, but they're divided on calling out one perpetrator.

The House of Representatives is set to condemn the genocide of ethnic minorities in Syria by the Islamic State, but members of Congress are divided over whether to call out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the man doing the most killing there.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee plans to mark up two pieces of legislation this week related to the atrocities in the Middle East. The first is a resolution that would express Congress's judgment that the Islamic State’s targeting of Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen, Kurds and other ethnic minorities constitutes "war crimes,” "crimes against humanity” and "genocide.”