Dwekh Nawsha

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Dwekh Nawsha
ܕܒ݂ܝܚ ܢܦ̮ܫܐ
Participant in the Iraqi insurgency (2011–present)
Dwekh Nawsha emblem
Dwekh Nawsha emblem
Active mid 2014–Present
Leaders Emanuel Khoshaba Youkhana[1]
Area of operations

Nineveh Governorate:
Baqofa, Nineveh plains

Northern Iraq
Size 250[2]
Part of Assyrian Patriotic Party
Allies Flag of Iraq.svg Iraqi Armed Forces
Flag of Kurdistan.svg Peshmerga
Emblem of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units.svg Nineveh Plain Protection Units
Nineveh Plain Forces
Flag of Assyria.svg Qaraqosh Protection Committee
Opponents Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Battles and wars Battle of Mosul (2016-17)

The Dwekh Nawsha (Syriac: ܕܒ݂ܝܚ ܢܦ̮ܫܐ‎; literally "one who sacrifices") is a military organization created in June 2014 in order to defend Iraq's Assyrian population from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and possibly retake their lands currently controlled by ISIL. They are a Christian militia.

The Dwekh Nawsha operates in coordination with the regional and international security forces.[3]

Despite being led by the Assyrian Patriotic Party, most militiamen are not members of the party.[3] Several foreign fighters have joined the Dwekh Nawsha;[4] they include Americans, French, British and Australians.[5]

Sons of Liberty International, who had previously trained the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, announced in fall 2015 that they will begin training Dwekh Nawsha in their fight against ISIL. [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Christians reclaim Iraq village from ISIS". CBS News. United States. Associated Press. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Inside the Christian Militias Defending the Nineveh Plains". Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Peter (30 October 2014). "Iraq's Christian paramilitaries split in IS fight". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Paraszczuk, Joanna (19 February 2015). "The American Vets Fighting Against IS (And They're Not Mercenaries)". Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Collard, Rebecca (27 March 2015). "Meet the Americans Who Have Joined an Iraqi Militia to Fight ISIS". Time. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
    Oakes, Dan; Dredge, Suzanne (16 February 2015). "Islamic State: Australian man joins 'self sacrificers' group Dwekh Nawsha fighting militants in Iraq, calls for international support". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Sons of Liberty International. Retrieved 7 November 2015.