URGENT PRESS RELEASE–CHRISTIANS AND OTHER SYRIAN MINORITIES UNDER IMMINENT THREAT OF DEVASTATING ISIS ATTACK IN KHABUR RIVER VALLEY

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The attached press release is for distribution to media outlets and other interested parties. It is issued by the Christian Coalition for Syria, www.ccfsyria.com, on behalf of member organizations including the Syriac National Council of Syria and the European Syriac Union.

This is really a critical situation. Coalition airstrikes may put ISIS off for a day or two but the situation is truly critical. The Khabur River Valley is large and weakly defended in comparison with ISIS armed battalions and heavy equipment. The ratio of fighters is probably 100 to 1. The self-defense forces include the Syriac Military Council (SMC/MPS), Kurdish YPD, and other minority militias armed with rifles and the occasional machine gun mounted on a pick up truck. Thousands have fled, joining thousands of other ISIS refugees from other parts of Syria and Iraq seeking sanctuary in the Self-Administration District of northeast Turkey.

This AINA article has a more detailed map of the Khabour River conflict zone and additional information: ISIS Crosses River in New Attacks on Assyrian Villages in Syria

Lauren Homer, for the Christian Coalition for Syria.