Kurds liberate Assyrian villages from ISIS

Kurdish militants retake Assyrian villages seized by ISIS militants in northeastern Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Kurdish militants have retaken more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages from ISIS militants, a monitoring group said.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict from Britain through contacts on the ground reported on Wednesday Kurdish forces had liberated Assyrian villages in northeastern Syria.

Kurdish fighters engaged the terrorists in a 10-day operation to liberate the villages, the Observatory said.

Assyrian Christians account for 2.5 percent of Syria’s 1.2 million Christians.

In February, ISIS kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians after storming villages in Al Hasakah province of Syria.

The group reportedly demanded $22 million in ransom for the release of the Assyrians.

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