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The young men and women in traditional costumes of red, blue and white, the colors of the Assyrian flag, jumped into the middle of the park.The village of Tal Arboush, where the organizers held the celebration, is one of more than 30 villages along the Khabur River that were destroyed when Daesh (ISIS) militants descended from the mountains in February 2015 and rampaged through, kidnapping 226 residents and sending the rest fleeing.From nearly 20,000 Assyrians in Syria before the war in 2011, there are around 1,000, according to local activists.There is also a beleaguered Assyrian community in Iraq, and a smaller population in Turkey.Zaya Youkhana, a 52-year-old resident of Tal Jazira, was not in his village when Daesh stormed it. It was the largest village in the area, and Daesh kidnapped all its 82 residents, including his uncles and aunts, among the 226 Assyrians total carried off by the group that night.
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