WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – MESOP: TEL TAMR / TAMIR FREED TODAY WITH MASSIVE SUPPORT OF US AIRSTRIKES
Syria – The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria Thursday. The strikes hit near the town of Tel Tamr, in an area where Islamic State militants seized around 10 Assyrian villages and abducted hundreds of people this week. One monitoring group estimated 220 Assyrian Christians had been captured, while the Syriac Military Council reported 350 people had been abducted. Meanwhile, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres told the U.N. Security Council Thursday that Syria’s refugee crisis is approaching a “dangerous turning point.” He noted that 3.8 million people had been registered in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey after being displaced by the Syrian conflict, and he called on European countries to accept more refugees.