Muslim terrorists in Iraq don’t know what to do now that these Christians have decided to stop letting them have their way and spread terror. Do you approve of what they’re doing? Or do you think that Christians shouldn’t go to war?
Two thousand Christians in Iraq have formed their own army and are now fighting against ISIS. As we read in one report:
A spokesman and soldier with an Assyrian Christian defense force in Iraq has a message for the people and church of America in an interview with the Clarion Project: We need your help if Christianity is to be saved in the Middle East.
Clarion Project spoke with Athra Kado, a media spokesman and soldier for the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU) in Iraq, who described the group’s efforts to save Assyrian Christians, Yazidis and others from genocide.
Earlier this month, the NPU battled the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Telskuf alongside Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airpower. One U.S. Navy Seal was killed, who the NPU mourned and thanked as a “martyr.” The NPU posted pictures and videos from the fighting on its Facebook page, including footage of three of its wounded soldiers.
Below is the interview between the Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro and the NPU’s Ahtra Kado:
Ryan Mauro: Can you tell us when the Nineveh Plain Protection Units started, how strong the group is and what its current activity is?
Athra Kado: Recruits began being registered in August 2014 but we didn’t receive the official permission of the Iraqi government. Then in November, the official announcement of the NPU’s establishment was released and more than 2,000 Assyrian Christians from the Nineveh Plain registered.
The first basic military training course happened in February 2015 for more than 500 men. All of the funding came from donations from our people in the diaspora and some great individual foreigners.
After that, the NPU commanders asked for support from the Iraqi government for the trained 500 men and permission for a military camp for us. It took over eight months for us to get permission for it. The camp has been built by volunteers and with donations.
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