Four thousand Assyrian Christians will move against Daesh (ISIS) to make their final stand to save Christianity in Iraq. I admire their bravery and perhaps with God’s blessing, they will prevail. But I have doubts – I know the US said it would take a minimum of ten thousand soldiers on the ground to even have a ghost of a chance at defeating ISIS. Having said that, Christian militias are fierce – they are fighting for their lives, the lives of their loved ones and their faith. If you are a Christian and you pray, pray for the Assyrians… they are fighting evil, barbaric monsters who will stop at nothing to control Iraq.
Assyrian Christians forced to flee from their homes by last summer’s advance of Islamic State fighters are forming a militia of up to 4,000 men to take back their homeland.
According to the London-based Catholic Herald,
Their aim is to take back the rest of the Nineveh Plains, a traditionally Christian part of Iraq, which was overrun by ISIS last summer. More than 100,000 Christians are currently displaced in the nearby Kurdish-controlled region of northern Iraq, along with a large number of Yazidis.
The group, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit, is allied with the Iraqi Army and Kurdish pesh merga militia, according to the Catholic Herald. It is funded largely by donations from Assyrians and those of Assyrian descent living in the United States, Australia and Sweden and being trained by American contractors, the paper reported.