By Gary Lane
CBN News — The Islamic State suffered two major setbacks on the battlefield this week – one in Iraq and another in Syria.
The Iraqi military routed ISIS forces from al-Baghdadi, a city west of Baghdad that they’ve held since last June.
Meanwhile, Peshmerga troops in northeastern Syria, known as the YPG, drove Islamic State terrorists from the Kurdish city of Tal Tamr.
But as they retreated, the ISIS jihadists kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians. The men were taken to an undisclosed location, and the women to a nearby mountain.
Based on their past actions, ISIS may behead the abducted men and use the women as sex slaves.
Juliana Taimoorazy, with the Assyrian Philos Project, described the situation.
“These women were sobbing, saying, ‘What is our fault? Why is the West silent? Why is the Church not talking about our persecution?'” Taimoorazy said.
“And they’re asking, they’re questioning the foreign policy of America and also other world powers and Europe, saying, ‘Why is it that there’s nothing; there’s no agenda.’ There’s really nothing being done to help the persecuted in the Middle East,” she continued.
On Tuesday, a group of Egyptian-American Coptics gathered near the White House, demanding the Obama administration do more to protect Egyptian, Syrian, and Iraqi Christians.
“Obama, Obama, did you see? Christian blood in the sea,” they chanted.
And Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is calling for a United Arab military force to combat ISIS. He said Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have already offered to help Egypt on the battlefield.
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