Resistance of Syriac Military Council in Khabur deserves more international support, says German magazine Telepolis

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — In a recent article, German magazine Telepolis shed light on the ongoing violations occurring in Tel Tamer and its surrounding villages by the Turkish occupation and its Syrian National Army (SNA) proxies.

Tel Tamr rests at the center of the predominantly Syriac–Assyrian Khabur River Valley.

As a result of Turkish artillery, tank, and drone attacks, several members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and civilians have been killed. Mass amounts of infrastructure have been destroyed and water and electricity are routinely cut off.

The article emphasized that the Turkish bombing of the Syriac–Assyrian villages outside Tel Tamr is causing a new wave of displacement and criticized European silence over the situation in Khabur. European leaders are to disturb their own economic interests tied to Turkey, according to the article.

The resistance shown by the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulḥoyo Suryoyo, MFS), and its ability to liberate the villages of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people from the control of the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015, as well as its continuous resistance against the Turkish occupation since 2019 until today shows the strength of the community in Khabur, said the article. However, it noted, the MFS resistance has not garnered the international attention it deserves, and Europe must do more on behalf of the people in the region.