by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | February 24, 2015 7:59 pm
They were seeking safety and instead were taken by the barbaric Islamic State, where they will convert, pay the Jizya tax or die. The Christians are being wiped out everywhere ISIS goes and our President could care less. What’s a few more dead infidels? The women, if young enough and good-looking enough, will be made into wives/sex-slaves/concubines. Many of the children will face a similar fate – they’ll be lucky if they are only slaves. The elderly won’t fair as well. They’ll probably kill the ones that cannot work hard enough for them. This is the way conquests went back in the Dark Ages. ISIS is nothing better than a bunch of genocidal killers and slave traders. They’re just the kind of people Barack Obama likes.
Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.
A Syrian Christian group representing several NGO’s inside and outside the country said it had verified at least 150 people missing, including women and elderly, who had been kidnapped by the militants.
“We have verified at least 150 people who have been adducted from sources on the ground,” Bassam Ishak, President of the Syriac National Council of Syria, whose family itself is from Hasaka, told Reuters from Amman.
Earlier the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 90 were abducted when the militants carried out dawn raids on rural villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority west of Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds.
Syrian Kurdish militia launched two offensives against the militants in northeast Syria on Sunday, helped by U.S.-led air strikes and Iraqi peshmerga.
This part of Syria borders territory controlled by Islamic State in Iraq, where it committed atrocities last year against the Yazidi religious minority.
Islamic State did not confirm the kidnappings. Supporters posted photos online of the group’s fighters in camouflage attire looking at maps and firing machine guns. The website said the photos were from Tel Tamr, a town near where the Observatory said the abductions occurred.
Many Assyrian Christians have emigrated in the nearly four-year-long conflict in which more than 200,000 have people have been killed. Before the arrival of Kurds and Arab nomadic tribes at the end of the 19th century, Christians formed the majority in Syria’s Jazeera area, which includes Hasaka.×
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Sunday’s offensive by Kurdish YPG militia reached within five km (3 miles) of Tel Hamis, an Islamic State-controlled town southeast of Qamishli, the Observatory said.
At least 14 IS fighters died in the offensive, in which Assyrians fought alongside Kurds, it added. Eight civilians were also killed in heavy shelling by the Kurdish side, which seized several Arab villages from Islamic State control.
Last year, Islamic State fighters abducted several Assyrians in retaliation for some of them fighting alongside the YPG. Most were released after long negotiations.
Military experts said militants were trying to open a new front to relieve pressure on Islamic State after several losses since being driven from the Syrian town of Kobani near the border with Turkey.
“Islamic State are losing in several areas so they want to wage an attack on a new area,” said retired Jordanian general Fayez Dwiri.
Since driving IS from Kobani, Kurdish forces, backed by other Syrian armed groups, have pursued the group’s fighters as far as their provincial stronghold of Raqqa.
A resident of Hasaka, jointly held by the Syrian government and the Kurds, said hundreds of families had arrived in recent days from surrounding Christian villages and Arab Bedouins were arriving from areas along the border.
“Families are coming to Hasaka seeking safety,” said Abdul Rahman al-Numai, a textile trader said by telephone.
The families won’t have money to give to get their loved ones back. ISIS will sweep these regions and brutally take what they want and slaughter at will. It is their creed – it is who they are and what they believe. The acts you see coming from the Islamic State will only get more and more horrendous… they like to shock Westerners. Right up until the point that they strike on American soil and it is coming. Obama will do nothing to stop it… in fact, he’ll facilitate it. Many will die and their blood, just like the Assyrian Christians’ and the Coptic Christians’ will be on his hands. He won’t care – he’ll say it is for the greater good. Who will cry out for the Christians? Will America stay silent on this? Is so, shame on all of us.
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