State Department Condemns Ultimatum Given to Syrian Christians


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ABSTRACTState Department Condemns Ultimatum Given to Syrian Christians - NBC News menu Sections News Investigations Politics Health Pop Culture Tech & Science Business Latino TV Nightly News Meet the Press Dateline Today Top storylines Ukraine Crisis Pistorius Trial Deep Freeze Features 30 Seconds To Know Debunker First Read Flashback Ann Curry Maria Shriver Multimedia Video Photo Top Stories Soccer Game Follows Warning Shots in Ukraine John Kerry Lands in Kiev Army General to Fight Sex-Crime Accusation at Trial Live Coverage: Putin Calls Ukraine Crisis an 'Unconstitutional Coup' More from NBC Local News Weather Sports CNBC MSNBC.com NBC.com BreakingNews.com re/code PEACOCK PRODUCTIONS NBC Learn Next Steps For Vets nbcnews home latest search militant website via AP 13 hours News State Department Condemns Ultimatum Given to Syrian Christians The State Department on Monday condemned the treatment of Christians living in the Syrian city of Raqqa following an extremist Islamist group's edict that Christians either convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. In a statement, State spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decrees from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) — a group recently disowned by al-Qaeda and considered to be among the most radical fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad — "violate universal human rights." "ISIL has demonstrated time and again i.......