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Syriac Military Council

Syriac Military Council
ܡܘܬܒܐ ܦܘܠܚܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ
Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo

Participant in the Syrian Civil War
Official flag of the Syriac Military Council
Active 8 January 2013–Present
Leaders Gewargis Hanna[1]
Area of operations

Al-Hasakah Governorate
Raqqa Governorate

Nineveh Governorate, Iraq
Strength 2,000+[2]
Part of Syriac Union Party
Syrian Democratic Forces
Allies People's Protection Units
Khabour Guards

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

al-Nusra Front
Battles and wars

2012 Syrian Kurdistan Campaign
2013 Syrian Kurdish–Islamist Conflict
2014 Eastern Syria offensive
Al-Hasakah offensive (February–March 2015)

Battle of Al-Hasakah (June–August 2015)

The Syriac Military Council (Al-Hasakah.[4]

On 16 December 2013, the Syriac Military Council announced the foundation of a new Military Academy named "Martyr Abgar".[5][6] On December 24, the MFS released photographs showing its members in control of the Syriac village of Ghardukah, located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Qahtaniyah (Tirbespiyê/Qabre Hewore).[7] The village church had been completely destroyed by Jabhat al-Nusra, which occupied the hamlet before being expelled in mid-October during an operation launched by the People's Protection Units (YPG),[8] in which MFS members may have participated. On 8 January 2014, the MFS announced that the group had joined the YPG ranks.[9][10]


  • Tell Brak & Tel Hamis Operations 1
  • June Counter-Offensive (Syria-Iraq Border) 2
  • August Counter-Offensive (Nineveh & Sinjar) 3
  • Khabur Valley Operations 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6

Tell Brak & Tel Hamis Operations

The MFS was also a part of a YPG-led offensive against Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which began on 26 December 2013 in Tel Hamis area.[11] YPG and MFS were unable to hold Tell Brak and failed to capture Tel Hamis, and the offensive was called off in early January. However, on February 23, a pre-dawn raid by the Kurdish People's Protection Units and the Syriac Military Council captured Tell Brak, which was later re-captured by local Arab tribes.[12]

June Counter-Offensive (Syria-Iraq Border)

MFS along with YPG forces participated in an offensive along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The joint forces managed to drive out ISIS forces after the Islamic group took control of Mosul and most of Ninawa Province during the June ISIS offensive. The operation led to the full control of Til-Koçar, in the Syrian side of the border, and Rabia, in the Iraqi side of the border.[13][14]

August Counter-Offensive (Nineveh & Sinjar)

MFS along with YPG forces and other allies, participated in an offensive in Iraq's province of Nineveh in the district of Sinjar, to protect minorities against ISIL attacks.[15]

Khabur Valley Operations

Islamic State launched a series of attacks in late February 2015 against Christian villages in the northeastern Hassakeh province located in the Khabur river valley,[16] with the ultimate goal of capturing the strategic town of Tel Tamer under control of the YPG and MFS.[17] In early March 2015 units of the Syriac Military Council and the YPG were involved in heavy clashes in the region, notably around the villages of Tel Nasri and Tel Mghas.[18] On 15 March 2015, the Council reported it was in control of Tel Mghas.[19]

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  9. ^ The #Syriac Military Council has joined the YPG! Syriac Military Council Official Facebook, 8 January 2014
  10. ^ Syriac Military Council: Most important decisions is to join YPG Dicle News Agency, 9 January 2014
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