ISIS Islamist groups capture Armenian Christian city in Syria



I shouldn’t have to remind you of the horrors of what ISIS groups do in Syria. Let’s hope Assad and his forces can rescue the town before too much harm comes to these people and their town…

CHRISTIAN POST – Syrian Islamist forces have killed Hilal Assad, a relative of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and key commander of the government military forces who was defending the Armenian Christian city of Kassat last weekend.

Led by Al-Nusra forces, fighters from Ahrar al Sham, the Islamic Front, and others affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took over the 1,700 person town on Sunday, filled with many believed to be backing President Bashar al Assad in hopes that he could better ensure their safety than Islamist rebels, according to the AP. The victorious rebels walked through the streets shouting and praising Allah, the Christian Broadcasting Network has described.

Many of the Armenian-Syrians subsequently lashed out at Turkey for allowing Islamists to cross and transport weapons across the Syrian-Turkish border with few repercussions, and expressed anger towards Turkey shooting down a Syrian war plane the same weekend.

“The Turks are [working against] us again,” a Kassab resident tweeted. “This is unacceptable considering history. Genocide repeat [in] Kassab. What a bad day this has been. God bless everyone who is defending the beautiful village of Kassab.”

Armenian-Syrians are descendants of those who fled a genocide that came at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, killing 1.5 million of their people, and resettled in Syria. Triggered by the increased violence in the region, Armenian-Syrians have seemingly begun to conflate the actions of Turkey and Al-Qaeda-linked groups like al-Nusra.

A Kassab student now living in the United Arab Emirates told the WSJ that many of the town’s residents are now “living in the Armenian church of Latakia [city] where they receive food from the Armenians living there.”

“The place we used to spend our summer memories has turned into a war zone…the Free Syrian Army is bombing the place while the Syrian Army is doing all they can do to save Kassab…The only positive thing is that the people in Kassab, including my friends and family, escaped just in time. They will surely going to be homeless after the battle.”

Christians, who make up around 8 percent of the Syrian population, have suffered heavily, with Islamic rebel groups destroying churches and sometimes entire towns, murdering dozens of followers of Christ.

CBN reports that the ISIS rebel groups said they would not harm any Christians or their churches, but reports are already showing otherwise:

Despite promises by Islamist forces not to harm any Christians or their churches, some reports say up to 80 people have been killed and at least three churches desecrated as Syrian Christians flee the town.

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G26
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G26

Since liberty was not designed, but discovered, its benefits were mostly unknown until recognized and studied.

USMC 64-68
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USMC 64-68

The silence of Dear Leader, the progressive democrats and the U.N. speaks loudly as to their values, agenda and priorities.

Yazz55
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Yazz55

First of all, the Assad regime are no angels. They’ve got plenty of blood on their own hands. But, in the current instance, I do feel that they are the probably the lesser evil. No matter who wins, people will suffer and die at the hands of the victor.

ApplePie101
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ApplePie101

The Obama-run US government has become a tool for Islamic terrorism. To think we would be relying on Assad’s army to protect Christians from genocidal hoards funded by Washington DC.

sjmom
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sjmom

Is there no organization who can get Christians out of these Islamist countries? Prayers for their safety.

slhancock
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slhancock

Rescue Christians, see Walid Shoebat’s site, does, but I’m certain they are way underfunded for the needs they face. They try to get them out of the country to anonymous places, secret safety houses. We give to that organization, but here in the US, you hear of no other sources of help…other than Samaritan’s Purse, who is on the ground there as well, treating refugees, bringing food, water, etc. to them, as well as building tents to live in and get medical care.

sjmom
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sjmom

Thanks for the info. I’m sure Israel would take them until a permanent place could be found.

lawngren
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lawngren

How about if we capture Detroit? We could trade all the muslims in Detroit for all the Christians in Kassat.

Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

That would be a great idea if muslims had any respect for life.

lawngren
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lawngren

If we had a patriotic American in the White House, we could send in a few Special Forces teams and a couple of A6s or Warthogs to sort things out. But the enemy who’s in the White House now would betray them just as he has others.

Booker
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Booker

Uh-oh.

Gary Dickson
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Gary Dickson

As an Armenian myself – but one who trusts in Jesus as my Deliverer and Rescuer – I am pleading with the Lord to protect my brethren in the flesh. We all know what’s going to happen to them, but I have personal experience. My grandmother told me what happened to her siblings. All of them lost their heads by the swords of Muslims. The hatred of humans by humans in the form of genocide is coming but Jesus will prevail. Heavenly Father, please forgive us for our constant rebellion against you in ourselves and this country and for selecting men to lead us who despise you and aid your enemies. We plead with you to rescue and protect those who are yours. We trust you fully. Make your kingdom come so that this world of ours might have life instead of death at the hands of men. I ask… Read more »

sno_warrior
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sno_warrior

Thanks for the prayer Gary… and AMEN!

lawngren
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lawngren

I’ll pray that prayer with you, brother. I’m not Armenian, but I am a believer in Jesus. God speed the day of His return, and may He have mercy on our brothers in Christ who are in deadly danger for the sake of His name this day.

This is my last post of the day. Got to go. Goodnight, Scoopers.

sjmom
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sjmom

Amen.

American Duckie
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American Duckie

God please help them. Please forgive us for allowing our own government to aid the enemies.

Gary Dickson
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Gary Dickson

Thank you, AD. You don’t know how much it means to me that you’re praying for my brethren in the flesh. Their situation is so dangerous.

American Duckie
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American Duckie

Gary I am so sorry, but knowing they are Christians- as much as I pray for their safety and survival, we can be assured God knows their situation.

stage9
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stage9

“Christians, who make up around 8 percent of the Syrian population, have suffered heavily, with Islamic rebel groups destroying churches and sometimes entire towns, murdering dozens of followers of Christ.” Why were the Crusades launched again? OH yeah! “So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression – an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands. “Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the… Read more »

Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

So true. I’ve been saying for some time now that just because our side laid down arms, it doesn’t mean the Crusades are over.

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