In the midst of the civil war, churches and Christian-owned businesses have been targets of bombings by the Islamic State and other extremist groups, and there have been many reports of Christians being abducted, harmed and killed. Even so, many of Syria’s remaining Christians are committed to staying and rebuilding their country. Others are now returning home following IS’s military defeat.

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25 Assyrian captives freed

Twenty-five Syrian Christians abducted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in February have been released, . The freed captives, all of them men and which included two boys ages 7 and 9, were among 253 Assyrians captured during an IS attack on dozens of villages near the Khabur river in the Hasaka province, […]

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Syrian priest describes time with ISIS

Syrian priest Jacques Mourad, who was held by the Islamic State for nearly three months and threatened with execution, has spoken for the first time about his ordeal. Fr. Mourad was abducted from Qaryatain in May and escaped in October. In an interview with the BBC, he describes his kidnapping […]

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Qaryatain Christians given 48-hour ultimatum

A month after Islamic State (IS) forces captured Qaryatain city in Syria’s Suweida province, the militants have ordered the Christians still living in the city to either convert to Islam, pay the per capita jizya tax required of non-Muslims living under Islamic law, or leave the city within 48 hours. […]

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