Syriac Military Council
|Syriac Military Council|
|ܡܘܬܒܐ ܦܘܠܚܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ
Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Official flag of the Syriac Military Council
|Active||8 January 2013–Present|
|Allegiance||Syriac Union Party|
|Area of operations||Nineveh Governorate, Iraq|
|Part of||Syriac Union Party
Syrian Democratic Forces
|Allies||People's Protection Units
|Battles and wars|
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 Syriac Christians and to protect the Assyrian and Syriac-Aramean people in Syria. The organisation fights mostly in the densely populated Assyrian areas of the Governorate of Al-Hasakah.
On 16 December 2013, the Syriac Military Council announced the foundation of a new Military Academy named "Martyr Abgar". 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). 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), in which MFS members may have participated. On 8 January 2014, the MFS announced that the group had joined the YPG ranks. The Syriac Military Council established an all-female unit called the Bethnahrin Women Protection Forces.
Tell Brak & Tel Hamis Operations
The MFS was also a part of a YPG-led offensive against Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which began on 26 December 2013 in Tel Hamis area. YPG and MFS were unable to hold Tell Brak and failed to capture Tel Hamis, and the offensive was called off in early January. However, on February 23, a pre-dawn raid by the Kurdish People's Protection Units and the Syriac Military Council captured Tell Brak, which was later re-captured by local Arab tribes.
June Counter-Offensive (Syria-Iraq Border)
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.
August Counter-Offensive (Nineveh & Sinjar)
Khabur Valley Operations
Islamic State launched a series of attacks in late February 2015 against Christian villages in the northeastern Hassakeh province located in the Khabur river valley, with the ultimate goal of capturing the strategic town of Tel Tamer under control of the YPG and MFS. In early March 2015 units of the Syriac Military Council and the YPG were involved in heavy clashes in the region, notably around the villages of Tel Nasri and Tel Mghas. On 15 March 2015, the Council reported it was in control of Tel Mghas.
- Syriac Union Party (Syria)
- European Syriac Union
- List of armed groups in the Syrian Civil War
- Qaraqosh Protection Committee
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