A general view shows a church in the Assyrian village of Abu Tina, which was recently captured by ISIS fighters, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Kurdish forces have driven ISIS from more than a dozen Assyrian Christian villages that the jihadis had captured in northeastern Syria, an activist group said Wednesday.Assyrian Christians, who are from one of the world's oldest Christian communities, have been under increasing threat since ISIS seized control of large parts of Syria.Thousands of Christians fled an assault by the jihadis in the northeastern province of Hasakeh in February after a spate of kidnappings by ISIS, which is still holding 210 Assyrians hostage.Assyrians number about 30,000 among Syria's 1.2 million Christians and mostly live in 35 villages in Hasakeh, all of which are now held by Kurdish or regime forces.
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