By Edwin Mora
Christians in Iraq and Syria are losing their people and religion to the brutal Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), declares the Assyrian Army’s commander-in-chief.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News via Skype, Cmdr. Emmanuel Khoshaba Youkhana discussed the Assyrian Army’s efforts to end the ISIS campaign of genocideagainst Christians in Iraq and Syria.
He noted that the Christian Assyrian Army, known as Dwekh Nawsha, is in desperate need of military assistance in the form of weapons and training from the Obama administration, which so far has refused to lend a hand.
Dwekh Nawsha means “self-sacrifice” in the ancient Aramaic language used by Jesus and still spoken by the Assyrian Christians.
When asked what would become of the Assyrian Army efforts against ISIS if U.S. assistance never materializes, Cmdr. Youkhana said, “It would be hard and difficult. We are losing not only the Assyrian people, we are losing the Christianity.”
The commander asserted that the Assyrian Army, which is primarily based in Iraq’s Assyrian Nineveh plain, would only accept support from the United States.
“When they give you anything, they give it to you under conditions,” Youkhana told Breitbart News, referring to assistance from non-U.S. governments.
Major players in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria include Iran and Russia.
“The Assyrians want to be enduring partners with the United States,” said the military chief. “We need the support from USA.”
“We need the support to stay in our land,” he added, referring to Assyrian Nineveh plain in Iraq.
Earlier this month, Breitbart News spoke to retired Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, a 20-year U.S. Army veteran and one of the Americans advising the Assyrian Army. He pleaded for military and humanitarian aid from the Obama administration, saying the Christian military force is about done given its lack of resources.
Youkhana noted that the U.S.-backed Iraqi government does not provide any assistance to the Assyrian Christians.
Read more: breitbart.com
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