Syriac Military Council

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Syriac Military Council
ܡܘܬܒܐ ܦܘܠܚܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ
Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo

Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Logo of the Syriac Military Council.jpg
Official flag of the Syriac Military Council
Active 2013–present
Leaders Gewargis Hanna[1]
Area of
operations
Al-Hasakah Governorate
Syria-Iraq Border
Strength Unknown
Part of Syriac Union Party
Allies People's Protection Units
Opponents

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Al-Nusra Front

Ahrar ash-Sham
Battles
and wars

2012 Syrian Kurdistan Campaign
2013 Syrian Kurdish–Islamist Conflict
2014 Eastern Syria offensive

Battle of Sinjar

The Syriac Military Council (Syriac: ܡܘܬܒܐ ܦܘܠܚܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo, MFS for short; Arabic: المجلس العسكري السرياني السوري‎) is an Assyrian/Syriac military organisation in Syria. The establishment of the organisation was announced on 8 January 2013. According to the Syriac Military Council, the goal of the organisation is to stand up for the national rights of Syriacs and to protect the Syriac people in Syria. The organisation will fight mostly in the densely populated Syriac areas of the Governorates of Aleppo, Damascus, Al-Hasakah, Latakia and Homs.[2]

On 16 December 2013, the Syriac Military Council announced the foundation of a new Military Academy named "Martyr Abgar".[3][4] On December 24, the MFS released photographs showing its members in control of the Syriac village of Ghardukah, located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Qahtaniyah (Tirbespiyê/Qabre Hewore).[5] The village church had been completely destroyed by Jabhat al-Nusra, which occupied the hamlet before being expelled in mid-October during an operation launched by the People's Protection Units (YPG),[6] in which MFS members may have participated. On 8 January 2014, the MFS announced that the group had joined the YPG ranks.[7][8]

Tel Brak & Tel Hamis Operations[edit]

The MFS was also a part of a YPG-led offensive against Jabhat al-Nusra, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Ahrar ash-Sham which began on 26 December 2013 in Tel Hamis area.[9] YPG and MFS were unable to hold Tel Brak and failed to capture Tel Hamis, and the offensive was called off in early January. However, on February 23, a predawn raid by the Kurdish People's Protection Units and the Syriac Military Council captured Tal Brak which was later re-captured by local Arab tribes.[10]

June Counter-Offensive (Syria-Iraq Border)[edit]

MFS along with YPG forces participated in an offensive along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The joint forces managed to drive out ISIS forces after the Islamic group took control of Mosul and most of Ninawa Province during the June ISIS offensive. The operation led to the full control of Til-Koçar, in the Syrian side of the border, and Rabia, in the Iraqi side of the border.[11][12]

August Counter-Offensive (Nineveh & Sinjar)[edit]

MFS along with YPG forces and other allies participated in an offensive in Iraq's province of Nineveh in the district of Sinjar to protect minorities against ISIS attacks.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/story/14327493?redirect=mobi&nocache=0.8415113617666066
  2. ^ Syriacs establish military council in Syria, Hürriyet Daily News, 2 February 2013
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW4un8kx1ZM
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/SYRIACMILITARYCOUNCIL?ref=ts&fref=ts
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/MarthaVergili/status/415557140376723456
  6. ^ "Sher Tirbesipi" (in Kurdish). Rûdaw Kurdish. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  7. ^ The #Syriac Military Council has joined the YPG! Syriac Military Council Official Facebook, 8 January 2014
  8. ^ Syriac Military Council: Most important decisions is to join YPG Dicle News Agency, 9 January 2014
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHjLsXhtpvA
  10. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/22/us-syria-crisis-town-idUSBREA1L0IJ20140222
  11. ^ http://www.syriacsnews.com/presence-mfs-border-iraq/
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KKDpfj4o1w&feature=youtu.be
  13. ^ http://www.frequency.com/video/ypg-mfs-arrived-in-shingal-mountains/185402086?cid=5-618