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Activists report dozens of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS
Published February 24, 2015FoxNews.com
Islamic State militants have abducted as many as 90 Assyrian Christians after overrunning several small villages in northeast Syria, an activist group said Tuesday.
Around dawn Monday, the extremist fighters swept through the Assyrian villages nestled along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province. Sky News reported that control of the region is split between ISIS and opposing Kurdish fighters.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, reported that 90 people were abducted.
Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action -- that focuses on religious minorities in the Middle East -- said the militants took between 70 and 100 Assyrians captive. Kino said his organization based its information on conversations with villagers who fled the onslaught and their relatives.
Kino added that some 3,000 people managed to flee the onslaught and have sought refuge in the cities of Hassakeh and the provincial capital of Qamishli.
Both activist groups said that most of the captives come from the village of Tal Shamiram, located some 50 miles southwest of Qamishli.
An Assyrian woman from Tal Shamiram who now lives in Beirut said she has been scrambling to find out what has become of her parents as well as her brother and his wife and kids.
"Land lines have been cut, their mobiles are closed," she told The Associated Press. "Have they been slaughtered? Are they still alive? We're searching for any news."
She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of endangering relatives believed to be held by the militants.
"My family visited me last month and returned to Syria. There were clashes but it was normal, nothing exceptional. I feel so helpless, I cannot do anything for them but pray," she said by telephone, her voice breaking.
ISIS' online radio station, al-Bayan, said in a report Tuesday that ISIS fighters had detained "tens of crusaders" and seized 10 villages around Tal Tamr after clashes with Kurdish militiamen. ISIS frequently refers to Christians as "crusaders." Syria's official SANA news agency reported that ISIS overran seven villages during an attack on Monday.
It was not immediately clear what ISIS planned to do with the Assyrians.
The militants have a long history of killing captives, including foreign journalists, Syrian soldiers and Kurdish militiamen. Most recently, militants in Libya affiliated with ISIS released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.
But ISIS also could use its Assyrian captives to try to arrange a prisoner swap with the Kurdish and Christian militias that it faced off against in northeastern Syria. There is a precedent: the extremists have released Kurdish school children as well as Turkish truck drivers and diplomats after holding them for months.
Last year, ISIS abducted several Assyrians in retaliation for some of them fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG. But most were released after long negotiations, Reuters reports.
Sky News reported that the abductions followed heavy fighting in the area, which is near the borders with Turkey and Iraq. The area has also been the target of several recent airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
Kurdish fighters from the YPG launched an offensive over the weekend, quickly seizing some 20 villages from the extremists.
The fighting continued through Tuesday, as the YPG has captured another 10 villages, the Observatory said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Arab governments reportedly concerned about terms of Iran nuke talks
Published February 21, 2015
Arab governments are privately expressing their concern to Washington about the emerging terms of a potential deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program, according to Arab and U.S. officials involved in the deliberations.
The direction of U.S. diplomacy with Tehran has added fuel to fears in some Arab states of a nuclear-arms race in the region, as well as reviving talk about possibly extending a U.S. nuclear umbrella to Middle East allies to counter any Iranian threat.
The major Sunni states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, have said that a final agreement could allow Shiite-dominated Iran, their regional rival, to keep the technologies needed to produce nuclear weapons, according to these officials, while removing many of the sanctions that have crippled its economy in recent years.
'At this stage, we prefer a collapse of the diplomatic process to a bad deal,'
- Arab official
Arab officials said a deal would likely drive Saudi Arabia, for one, to try to quickly match Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
"At this stage, we prefer a collapse of the diplomatic process to a bad deal," said an Arab official who has discussed Iran with the Obama administration and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.
The Obama administration initially said its policy was to completely dismantle Tehran's nuclear infrastructure as a means to protect Washington's Mideast allies.
Now, however, U.S. officials say it is no longer plausible to eliminate all of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, suggesting that any final deal would leave some nuclear capability in place. Iran denies that it is seeking to build a nuclear bomb, but a final deal providing for nuclear enrichment capacity could prompt a competition.
Arab officials have increasingly spoken about a possible nuclear arms race in the Mideast as the negotiations have continued for 18 months, having been extended twice.
U.S. officials have declined to publicly disclose terms of the deal being negotiated with Iran. But they stress that they have closely consulted with Washington’s Arab allies about the diplomatic process.
The Obama administration believes an agreement with Iran will curtail the potential for a nuclear arms race in the Mideast, rather than fuel one.
"Only a good negotiated solution will result in long-term confidence that Iran won't acquire a nuclear weapon," a senior U.S. official said. "Given Iran already has the technical capability, our goal has always been to get to one-year breakout time and cut off the four pathways under a very constrained program."
There has never been a more dangerous time for the State of Israel. Iran trying to have enough material for nukes, and at a the same time loosening sanctions, while the US and others kiss-up to them, endangering the world and getting nothing in return.
Iranian Atomic Energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi and US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz meet for the first time Saturday, joining ongoing nuclear negotiations and sparking belief that technical disputes could be resolved.
Obama is and his lackey lemmings are liars! They are not friends of Israel.
Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress has caused an increasingly nasty grudge match, with the White House considering ways to undercut the prime minister's upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message of a potential nuclear deal with Iran...
In Biblical times God would use the modern day tactic called friendly fire, by sending in destroying angels to put the enemy into confusion where they would kill each other
It's good to see some things don't change!
Just a couple of people that love Israel and are zealous for the Lord.