Kurdish fighters are occupying historically Christian villages in northern Syria and recently destroyed homes in one village as part of a military training exercise, according to an Assyrian media report.
The villages had fallen under the control of the Islamic State before
Kurdish forces entered the area.
As belligerents in the Syrian Civil
War who oppose the Syrian government as well as the Islamic State,
Kurdish forces now control one-fifth of Syria and have established
Rojava, a semi-autonomous state.
The Kurdish fighters are part of the US-backed YPG (People’s Protection Units), the major armed group in Rojava.
In September, Kurdish forces fired bullets into the home of a Syrian
Catholic archbishop as part of a campaign of intimidation against
Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, who is based in the
northeastern Syrian city of Al-Hasakah, narrowly escaped being shot in