Photo: Courtesy U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sargin Sangari (Ret.)
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As the radical jihadist Islamic State group has rampaged through both Iraq and Syria, it has slaughtered and persecuted non-Muslims like Christians and other minority groups.
But they have met with some resistance, most notably from the Kurds in northern Iraq, but also from Assyrian Christians living in the Ninevah plains of northern Iraq.
This Assyrian army, known as Dwekh Nawsha, or “self-sacrifice” in the ancient Aramaic language the Assyrian Christians still speak, has stood strong in the face of the Islamic State group, but is nearly out of supplies and strength.
“All we’re saying is we’re done. We don’t have equipment. We don’t have the weapons. We don’t have the training,” Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, an Assyrian-American Army veteran advising the Christian militia, told Breitbart.
“As much as you’re giving money to all these individuals who are killing each other, why don’t you try to give it to the Assyrians?” he added in a message to President Barack Obama, noting that mercenaries typically fail while people fighting for their homeland have a better chance of success.
Despite their lack of resources, the Assyrian army has held the FLOT (Forward Line of Troops) against ISIS in Iraq’s Assyrian Nineveh plain, their homeland, since last August when the jihadist group overran the area.
By doing so, the army, which started with only 12 fighters, has been able to protect Christian territories in Iraq’s Nineveh province and resist ISIS’s command for Christians to pay a submissive tax known as the jizya, convert to Islam, or die by the sword.
The Assyrian army has actually been quite successful in holding their own against the Islamic State group, but has been unable to go on the offensive against the radical jihadists due to lack of resources. Now they are asking for the necessary money, equipment and training to take the fight to their enemy.
“If the U.S. goal is bring security to the region, then there should be U.S. special operations forces training, equipping, and supporting the Assyrian Army, allowing them to expand their reach, which is currently grounded in the Assyrian Nineveh plains in Iraq,” Sangari declared.
Sadly, the Assyrian army has not received any military support from any government, and the only nation to send them humanitarian aid has actually been Iran.