Syriac Christian fighter killed in Raqqa operation

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Soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) during a training session west of Raqqa. Photo: ARA News

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Raqqa – The Syriac Military Council (SMC) announced on Wednesday that one of its fighters had been killed in Raqqa Governorate, while participating in Operation Euphrates Wrath.

David Vergili, a representative for the European Syriac Union, identified the late fighter as Haro Hami from Hasakah Governorate. Hani had enlisted in the SMC a few months ago, to liberate Raqqa and “protect the region from jihadi forces.”

The SMC has been a stalwart ally of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) since it was founded in 2013. Driven together by necessity, Syriac and Kurdish forces fought side by side to drive the Islamic State (ISIS) out of northern Syria.

“Hauro Hani was always proud to be part of SMC, fighting for his people with his comrades,” Vergili stated. “The SMC believes that defeating and removing the jihadist forces from our region is the only [realistic] solution for the population and the democratic self-administration.”

The Syriac Military Council is one of the Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) 9 founding members. They joined Operation Euphrates Wrath on November 6, the first day of the campaign.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units, Women’s Protection Units, Raqqa Revolutionaries Battalion and Tel Abyad Revolutionary Brigade are also participating in Euphrates Wrath.

“The Syrian Military Council’s participation in the operation is in line with the previous achievements of SDF, namely in Shaddadi, al-Hawl and Manbij,” Vergili told ARA News. “As Syriac-Assyrian Christians, we are working with our Kurdish and Arab allies […] to liberate Raqqa.”

The Syriac Union Party (SUP), led by Ishow Gowriye, is the political wing of the SMC. Since 2011, the SUP has closely aligned itself with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

The SUP believes that Northern Syria – Rojava can best incorporate its Dawronoye ideology, which promotes secularism, pluralism and modernization. More immediately, the party is struggling to ensure the survival of the Syriac community, which is targeted by local Islamists and foreign jihadists.

“[Our] fight against terrorism is a fight for the existence of our Syriac-Assyrian people and we cannot rest until this fight is won,” the SMC said in November. “We therefore ask the international community to support us and all Syrian Democratic Forces.”

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