By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
QARYATAIN, SYRIA (ANS – September 4, 2015) – The self-styled Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS, has today (September 4, 2015) released 15 Assyrians who were captured in the town of Qaryatain, Syria, after they paid the jizya (poll tax).
According to the Assyrian International News Agency (http://www.aina.org), the 15 were among the 250 Assyrians captured when Qaryatain fell to ISIS on August 6, 2015.
After capturing Qaryatain, ISIS issued an ultimatum to the Christian population: pay the jizya, convert to Islam or leave.
“The 15 Assyrians who were released arrived safely today at 2:30 PM at the Firuze Episcopate,” said the AINA story.
Earlier reports and rumors had stated that ISIS had released up to 271 Christians, but these turned out to be false.
Some information for this report was obtained from AssyriaTV (http://www.assyriatv.org/).
Photo captions: 1) Assyrians protesting their treatment. 2) Dan Wooding reporting from outside the Kurdistan Parliament in Northern Iraq.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He is also the author of some 45 books, and next week, begins a new TV show for the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv/) called “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding,” which is being produced and edited by Tim Hathaway.
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