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Islamic State fighters reported to have seized 220 Christians in Syria
Islamic State fighters reported to have seized 220 Christians in Syria

Islamic State fighters have taken some 220 Christians captive in northeastern Syria in the last three days, activists said Thursday. The militants began abducting Assyrian Christians on Monday, when they attacked a cluster of villages near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group based in Britain. The province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, is predominantly Kurdish but also has communities of Arabs, Assyrians and Armenians. Islamic State now controls 10 Assyrian villages in the area and negotiations are under way through tribal mediators to try to secure the release of the captives,...

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