Trials by ISIS underway as some captives reportedly freed; local Chaldean leaders speak out on crisis
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Open Doors
March 1,2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Fears mount for hundreds of Assyrian Christians taken captive by ISIS last week, amid reports that the self-proclaimed Islamic State militants are putting hostages on trial, though some reports indicate that a handful have been freed.
The hostages include at least 262 men, women and children taken from villages in northeastern Syria, CNN reports. Open Doors USA, an organization serving persecuted Christians worldwide, reports the captives include 72 families.