People’s Committee of Assyrian Guard calls for international recognition of ISIS massacres against Khabur Region in North and East Syria 

TEL TAMR, Syria — In February 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization attacked the Syriac–Assyrian villages and towns of the Khabur River Valley in North and East Syria. Thousands of civilians were displaced and nearly 250 Assyrians from dozens of families were kidnapped. 

On the 8th anniversary of the ISIS attack on Khabur, the People’s Committee of Assyrian Guard (Nattoreh d’Khabur) issued a statement commemorating the sacrifices made by the Syriac–Assyrian people and their martyrs in defense of their homeland.  

“On 23 February 2015, ISIS invaded the villages of Khabur, leading to displacing tens of thousands of defenseless civilians, the kidnapping of hundreds of others, and the martyrdom of a large number of civilians and soldiers from the [Syriac–Assyrian] people,” read the statement.   

The memory of the ISIS attack on Khabur carries a lot of pain and anger in the hearts of the Syriac–Assyrian people, said the statement. The committee stressed that ISIS’s crimes in the region amount to genocide and crimes against humanity and are a continuation of the massacres that befell the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in Turkey and Iraq.  

The statement called on the United Nations to recognize the massacres that were committed against the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in Turkey, Iraq and Khabur Region in Syria by ISIS.