Fate of Syrian Christians Kidnapped by ISIS Still Unknown | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

Fate of ISIS Kidnapped Still Unknown

By Abigail A. Southerland1434558398734

On or about February 23, 2015, ISIS attacked 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur River in the Al-Hasakah Province in northeast Syria. During the attack, more than 233 Assyrian Christians were ripped from their homes and taken from their villages by ISIS, and at least 1,380 families were displaced. Many of these villages have been home to Christians since Biblical times. Of the 233 Christians captured—207 of which remain in captivity—87 are women and 37 are children.

Three weeks before the February attack, ISIS threatened Assyrians in the region that they would be forced from their homes or killed unless they removed the crosses from their churches and paid a Christian tax – one of the many forms of revenue relied upon ISIS. It is believed that the purpose of the kidnapping was to retaliate against Kurdish militants who were able to defeat ISIS and free 22 Kurdish villages around Kobane formerly under ISIS’s control, and to arrange for the return of ISIS militants held captive by the Kurdish militants in exchange for the kidnapped Christians.

Northern Syria has become a vital location for ISIS’s operations. It is estimated that ISIS now controls more than half of Syria and its oil fields, providing the militant group up to $3 million dollars of revenue every day. Through its operations in northern Syria and Iraq, ISIS has demonstrated the ability to control the large territories it conquers – even those heavily populated – by putting into place governing structures ruled by Sharia law. In areas of Syria which have been overwhelmed by conflict for many years, it is reported that ISIS is actually winning over citizens by offering security and jobs. It is estimated that ISIS currently controls more than 6 million people in Iraq and Syria alone.

Syria is also a place of great religious importance to ISIS. ISIS fighters are taught to believe that Allah has already determined the winner of this war. Allegedly, according to Prophet Mohammed, the Syrian town of Dabiq is where, “the armies of Islam and Rome [will] meet for the final battle that will precede the end of time and the triumph of true Islam.”

While good news was reported yesterday that the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG has defeated ISIS and taken control of the town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria – a victory that will deprive ISIS of a key supply route for weapons and fighters coming from Turkey and traveling to the ISIS controlled city of Raqqa (south of Tal Abyad) – the fate of the kidnapped Assyrians from the Hasakah province is unknown. Shortly after the abduction, phone calls placed by relatives of those abducted to their loved ones were intercepted by members of ISIS who promised to behead those kidnapped. ISIS has demanded $100,000 for each kidnapped Christian, or about $23,000,000 total.

Defend Persecuted Christians Worldwide

Persecuted Church  Signatures

LOGIN

Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

$20
$40
$60
$120
$240
Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

We’re mobilizing our offices worldwide to defend dying Christians. Support our vital work for the persecuted Church. Have your gift DOUBLED. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.

Nepal Criminalizes Witnessing Your Faith

By Shaheryar Gill1513108800000

On August 8, 2017, Nepal’s parliament passed a bill, criminalizing religious conversion and hurting religious sentiment, joining countries like India, Pakistan, Iran, and a host of other Muslim countries where such laws have been used to persecute religious minorities. While Nepal’s new...

read more

Iraq Must Take Action for Christians Facing Genocide

By ACLJ.org1511972307290

As part of our ongoing campaign to bring an end to the ISIS genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria, we just sent a legal letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari urging action for the victims of genocide. As we informed you before , in August...

read more

Brutality Against Christians in Philippines

By ACLJ.org1511888112996

There are far too many examples of the devastation that occurs when ISIS gets its way. And Marawi is the most recent illustration. After six months of terror and violence at the hands of ISIS, Philippine forces valiantly liberated Marawi, one of its cities on the southern island of Mindanao, in...

read more

ACLJ Advocates for Victims of ISIS Genocide

By ACLJ.org1511284352414

ISIS’s brutal campaign of genocide targeting Christians and other minorities wages on. But as it suffers military defeats and loses control of territory it once controlled, it is time now, more than ever, to help the survivors begin the process of recovery and to hold its followers accountable in...

read more