In Tel Tamer, a town on the lush green banks of the Khabur River in northeastern Syria, a group of rebel fighters – Christians [Assyrians] and Kurds – are fighting to stave off an "IS" advance.

A church in a village in Al-Hasakah province, where more than 20,000 Christians still live.

A church in a village in Al-Hasakah province, where more than 20,000 Christians still live.

Melke Rabo is a commander in the Christian militia Syriac [Assyrian] Military Council, one of the groups fighting back against the "IS" advance.

Melke Rabo is a commander in the Christian militia Syriac [Assyrian] Military Council, one of the groups fighting back against the “IS” advance.

Syriac Military Council members inspect a church which was destroyed when the village was taken over by Jabhat-al Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

Syriac Military Council members inspect a church which was destroyed when the village was taken over by Jabhat-al Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

A Syriac Military Council soldier rests in a position overlooking "IS" positions.

A Syriac Military Council soldier rests in a position overlooking “IS” positions.

A scene from the Christian neighborhood of Derek in northeastern Syria where Kurds make up most of the population.

A scene from the Christian neighborhood of Derek in northeastern Syria where Kurds make up most of the population.

A funeral service in the city of Derek where Kurds are carving out their own territory.

A funeral service in the city of Derek where Kurds are carving out their own territory.

A Syriac Military Council soldier stands in a building recaptured from Islamic State forces. The rebel fighters lack the weaponry and resources to defeat IS permanently.

A Syriac Military Council soldier stands in a building recaptured from Islamic State forces. The rebel fighters lack the weaponry and resources to defeat IS permanently.

A Syriac Military Council soldier walks among ruins of the Mosque in Tel Marouf, a town recently retaken from IS forces. The Islamic State fighters have left a trail of destruction in many areas, breaking and looting valuable cultural artifacts.

A Syriac Military Council soldier walks among ruins of the Mosque in Tel Marouf, a town recently retaken from IS forces. The Islamic State fighters have left a trail of destruction in many areas, breaking and looting valuable cultural artifacts. May 2015

 

Source: Aina.org