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Syria’s Silent, Chilling Epidemic of Journalist Kidnappings

Thirty journalists—half of them foreign reporters, half of them Syrian—have been kidnapped or gone missing in Syria, the Associated Press reported this week. The number is unprecedented. Syria today is the scene of the single largest wave of kidnappings in modern journalism, more than in Iraq during the 2000s or Lebanon during the 1980s. A combination of criminality, jihadism and chaos is bringing on-the-ground coverage of the war to a halt.

In one of several alarming new trends that have emerged in Syria, jihadists are abducting reporters, holding them captive and making no demands for their release. Instead of requesting prisoner exchanges or ransoms, they hold journalists indefinitely as human bargaining chips for future use.

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U.S. Non-Profit Backing Army of Assyrian Christians in Attempt to Fight Islamic State

U.S. Non-Profit Backing Army of Assyrian Christians in Attempt to Fight Islamic State

Matthew VanDyke, right, who founded Sons of Liberty International, in training with members of the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit in Iraq (Photo: Photo courtesy of Matthew VanDyke.)

Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plains, with the help of a group of Americans, are building a fighting machine to stand toe-to-toe with the Islamic State to preserve their homeland, their history and their heritage.

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