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Assyrian Christian group fights ISIS in Syria

By Rûdaw 11/7/2015
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Since the fragmentation of Syria following the 2011 Arab Spring, Christian minorities have frequently come under attack by religious extremists.

However, since 2013 in parts of Kurdish controlled Syria, Assyrian self-defense units have been established with the aid of Kurdish factions to defend their lands and people. Founded in 2013, the Assyrian Christian Sutoro group is now fighting ISIS in northern Syria.

Members of the group spoke to Rudaw in the above video.  


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Ashor | 12/7/2015
Don't link this traitor Syriac group to Assyrians! they are NOT not Assyrians!! Assyrians wouldn't be caught dead working with Kurds. We have our own forces linked to the great Syrian army!!!
Kurdish Freedom | 12/7/2015
God bless them, they have suffered enough. They are an ancient christian people and yet they have managed to survive in the muslim middle east up to this point. I think they are the people you should have fighting by your side instead of agianst you.
sweetteddybunny | 12/7/2015
I feel the pain of the Assyrian people as a minority of Iraq and the autonomy region of Kurdistan. As I have seen their struggle to be recognized as an ancient people instead of a "Christian" minority. Despite this, as a Kurd..I know their hate towards the Kurdish people. A perfect example is the book written by Hirmis Aboona. In the description, it would seem the origin of the Kurds, (according to him merely by old general belief of different researcher instead of the new accurate ones), are a nomadic people from Iran. But! reading the actual book, shows how the Kurds have been living around the area of the "great Kurdistan" along side with the Assyrians. Still he refines by stating how they have been invaded and how the Kurds have taken over their villages/ marks ect. Meaning, we have taken what is originally theirs. This belief of course results in hatred towards the Kurds. An Assyrian once told me how Kurdish peshmerga doesnt protect them therefore they established this Christian force. They believe the Kurds are trying to "Kurdify" them as Arabs and other nations have tried to do. I find it silly how they cant appreciate us as being brothers plus according to a new genetic research in Hungary showed we are genetically related (doesnt suprise me geographically speaking). The Kurdish peshmerga is trying to protect everyone within the Kurdish borders, but our love and sacrifice is seen as barbarism. At any rate I hope Isis will be defeted and Gods speed to Kurdistans peshmerga and the Christian Assyrian force. May we all come together in mutual understanding with respect and love to live in brotherhood and peace.
Kandil | 12/7/2015
Kurds should help Assyrian Christians, in the end Turkey will be biggest opositor to the kurdish independence.
Ashur | 12/7/2015
As an Assyrian, I hope Kurdish nation will understand the importance of our presence in our ancestral land. We are not against KRG but we are being victimized by being manipulated and ignored by Kurdish officials in the KRG. KRG government (but not Kurds) are denying out national rights on that land. The entire world knows that we are the true owners of the land even though we have lived side by side with Kurds for thousands of years. KRG's passivisim during the occupation of Nineveh Plain by ISIS indicated us that KRG is not willing to admit that Nineveh Plain belongs to Assyrians. In fact our land has become a better field between KRG and Baghdad. Our message to KRG, please listen and follow the Apo Ujalan's wisdom and ideology in recognizing Assyro-Chaldean nature of that land. During 1991's uprisings against Saddam, it was Assyrians who stood side by side with Molla Mustafa Barzani and yet his son and predecessors left us alone when confronted with ISIS. History books will write every single fact and let's not do something that will bring shame. Sincerely,
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