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Assyrian Female Fighters Joined Battlefronts Against ISIS in Northeastern Syria
By Ahmed Shiwesh and Ahmed Othman
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Official spokesman of the Syriac Military Council, Keno Keno, speaking to ARA News in Hasakah (photo: ARA News).
Since the start of the battle for Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), several military forces have joined the western-backed alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish forces of the People's Protection Units (YPG). The joint alliance includes Kurdish forces of the YPG and YPJ, the Syriac [Assyrian] Military Council, the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed, al-Jazeera brigades, Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion. The Syriac Military Council (SMC), the only Christian force in the SDF ranks, includes a female force known as "Beth Nahrin" --which has been fighting side by side with the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ) to liberate Hasakah province form ISIS extremists. Speaking to ARA News, Keno Keno, official spokesman of the Syriac Military Council, confirmed that the female force of Beth Nahrin took part in the campaign of liberating the countryside of Hasakah from ISIS group, expressing their willingness to fight the terror group in all Syrian territory. "We have participated in the fight against ISIS to build a new democratic and pluralistic Syrian state that recognizes the rights of all its social components, as well as to ensure the political, cultural, social and economic rights of its individuals," Keno said. "We in the Syriac Military Council, along with our Kurdish and Arab brothers, intend to liberate the Syrian areas held by the terror group." "We will make all sacrifices needed to liberate our country from the suppressive forces and terror groups," he stressed. "We have cleansed the entire countryside of al-Hawl town in Hasakah province from ISIS terrorists within two weeks. This was the first step in our campaign for liberating the entire Syrian soil," Keno told ARA News. "Since the first day of the military operations, we sought to liberate all Syria from terrorism. Without unity, we would not have recaptured large areas from ISIS terrorists," the spokesman emphasized. He explained it was the first time they participated in a military campaign in the southern areas of Hasakah. "The Beth Nahrin force took part in the battlefront alongside with the Kurdish YPJ and the rest of the military factions of the SDF," Keno concluded. After cleansing the key town of al-Hawl on the border with Iraq from ISIS extremists, the Kurdish-Arab-Christian joint forces started heading to the ISIS-held Shaddadi city in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria. Backed by the U.S.-led coalition's air cover, the SDF has expelled ISIS militants from more than 220 towns and villages in northeastern Syria since the start of its operations last September. In August, the Syriac Military Council announced the establishment of the Christian female force of Beth Nahrin after training dozens of women on the use of weapons and fighting tactics.

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