DAMASCUS, Syria (Christian Examiner) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) is reporting that up to 90 Assyrian Christians have been abducted by Islamic State terrorists from villages in the countryside around the town of Tal Tamer in Syria.
The London-based group earlier published a lower number, citing sources as saying they "heard via wireless devices IS members" claiming to have detained "'56 crusaders.'"
In the latest update, SOHR also said opposition forces had had some success against the jihadists, claiming 14 terrorists were killed "by U.S. led coalition air strikes" on IS locations east of Tal Hamis.
However, the group added that other coalition action caused civilian casualties.
"Eight civilians, including 5 children were killed by Peshmerga bombardment on Salima village," SOHR shared. The Peshmerga are military forces of Iraqi Kurdistan.
The capture of the 90 Assyrian Christians comes just weeks after IS terrorists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. That atrocity led to an international outcry and military responses from Egypt and Libya.