Assyrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, ordinary of the Syrian Catholic Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis, has spoken out against the kidnapping of more than 260 Assyrian Christians and blamed the U.S. and its Western allies for triggering conflicts that have destabilized the region and prompted ISIS to carry out such attacks.
"With their disastrous policies — mainly the French and the U.S., with their regional allies, have favored in fact the Daesh (ISIS) escalation," Hindo told Fides News Agency.
"Now they persevere in error, commit strategic, grotesque mistakes such as the announcement of the 'spring campaign' to liberate Mosul and insist on interfering with irrelevant interventions, instead of recognizing that their guaranteed support to jihadist groups has led us to this chaos and has destroyed Syria, making us regress 200 years." more >>
Islamic State terrorists captured more Assyrian Christians Wednesday night, bringing the total number of hostages to 262 as the group continues its siege on the country.
"ISIS is taking over more and more Assyrian towns," Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network told CNN.
The terrorist organization took nearly 150 Christians hostage before Wednesday, causing widespread fear across the country. The greater fear is that they will either be executed or sold into slavery. Men, women, children, and the elderly were among those captured, meaning that no one is safe from the threat of captivity. more >>
The man featured in several ISIS execution videos and nicknamed "Jihadi John" has been identified as a former British citizen who traveled to Syria in 2012 to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.
"Jihadi John" is actually Mohammed Emwazi, a man from a well-to-do family who was born in Kuwait, grew up in London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming from Queen's Park in West London, The Washington Post reported. A close friend managed to identify him and said he has "no doubt" that the man in the videos is actually Emwazi.
"He was like a brother to me. I am sure it is him," the friend, who wanted anonymity, told the Post. more >>
Members of the Islamic State terrorist organization who were involved in the kidnapping of as many as 150 Christians in Syria this week, are claiming that the hostages are "safe" and will be released in a few days, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
AINA reports that an Assyrian man, who's not a member of ISIS but knows many ISIS fighters, was told by ISIS members that the hostages, who were kidnapped during the Islamic State's raids on 35 Christian villages along the Khabur River near the town of Tel Tamer, are in "good condition" and are expected to eventually be released.
Although the news agency's source, an Assyrian named Matthew, was told the captives will be released, he's skeptical that the militant group will actually free the Christians, since ISIS has become notorious for its publicized hostage execution videos. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group executed three women and arrested 13 other females in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul on Sunday, after the women refused to get married to ISIS militants.
A Kurdistan Democratic Party official from Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, informed the Kurdish news site BasNews.com on Monday that ISIS continues to kidnap and kill women within its strongholds who refuse to marry fighters.
"On sunday, IS (another name for ISIS) militants arrested 13 women in Mosul and later held them in unknown locations," Mamuzini explained. "The woman were kidnapped because they refused nikah (Muslim marriage) with the jihadists." more >>
Terror group ISIS has kidnapped 150 Assyrian Christians and is planning on murdering them, reports have said. The number is an update on estimates from Tuesday, when 90 Assyrians were thought to have been captured.
CNN reported on Wednesday that Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, has said that his organization's team on the ground in Syria has been collecting information about the kidnappings.
"Maybe they are facing the same destiny. That's why we call on all over the world, like the U.S, Europe, coalition forces — protect Assyrians, save Assyrians in Syria," Edward said. more >>