Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand near a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon in front of a church in the Assyrian village of Tel Jumaa, north of Tel Tamr town February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Hundreds of Assyrian families have fled their homes in northeastern Syria after a mass kidnapping of their community by ISIS, activists said Wednesday.Some 1,000 families have fled their villages in Hassakeh since Monday's abductions, said Osama Edward, director of the Sweden-based Assyrian Human Rights Network. The jihadis, who are battling Kurdish fighters on the ground, may try to exchange the Assyrians for ISIS prisoners, said Edward.In Tal Shamiran, the jihadis burned down part of a church, and in the Arab village of Ghbeish, ISIS militants decapitated four men and burned down houses and a school.The nationality of the first Western fighter killed while fighting alongside the Kurds against ISIS was identified as Australian, the Observatory's Abdel-Rahman said.
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