In a Small Christian Village in Northern Iraq, ISIS Has Met Its Match

The Associated Press reports that the mostly Christian Assyrian town of Bukafa, about 243 miles north of Baghdad, has been returned to the control of its residents. The town was one of 23 captured by ISIS terrorists over the summer. Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters came down from the north and fought house to house against ISIS, finally driving them from the village.

Many of the Christian families fled during the fighting, but now the Kurdish forces have helped about 70 villagers set up a Christian militia, called Dwekha Nahwasha, or “self-sacrifice” in Assyrian. The militia is patrolling the village around-the-clock to deter a further incursion by ISIS, in the hope Christian families will soon be able to return.

During a recent visit to the village, an AP reporter interviewed Caesar Jacob, a deputy to the commander of the militia. Jacob is a 44-year-old electrician who explained that the militia has now taken over full responsibility for the village, which includes 95 households. He said,

We must depend on ourselves to defend our land for now and the future.

His commander is Albert Kisso, 47. Kisso said the Kurds needed local support, and it only makes sense for Christians in the area to take responsibility for providing ongoing protection to the village.

Assyrian Christians are an indigenous group of Iraqi Semites, descended from the ancient Mesopotamians. They speak an eastern Aramaic dialect. Along with the Chaldeans, they comprise the largest group of Christians in the country.

The 200-year old St. Gorgiz Monastery is located in Bukafa. Kisso says the monastery is a tribute to the “elegance of the Mesopotamian civilization” from which his people are descended. A longstanding member of the Assyrian Patriotic Party, Kisso says:

It is the priority of Dwekh Nawsha to protect the sons of this region, as well as the region itself – including its monasteries, churches, artifacts.

ISIS has brutally attacked not just Christians, but other religious minorities as well, including members of the ancient Yazidi sect. It is estimated that 120,000 Christians are now in exile from the area. The Kurdish fighters are proud to stand in solidarity with the religious minorities. The local peshmerga brigade commander, Abdul Rahman Kawriny, says:

We came here … to protect our Christian brothers and their homes. There is constant cooperation and assistance. We are always together.

The Dwekh Nawsha militia members patrol the streets wearing bullet-proof vests and their Dwekha Nahwasha insignia. In order to join, the men must own a weapon. Many in the group said their numbers would be much larger if weapons were available. As it is, they rely for support on donations from Christian charities overseas, and from wealthy Assyrians in Iraq.

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  • Guy Felix Vuillemin

    may be possible only a lynx we do have some ecologist protected them and wolfes begin to eat our sheep! The big cat has the right to eat alive any ecolo or socialo!

  • EKMcM

    Gee Whiz, this article must be wrong. The ISIS are followers of the peaceful islam group. They like to advertise the cutting off of heads of non-believers. They have that Satanic god called allah with the child predator prophet Muhammad. Just read their holyless book to see how peaceful they are.

    • podunk1

      Christians invading their own country??? Surely the Obamanioid will drop some more ammo, weapons, and swords to save his benevolent ISIS patriots…again!
      Please correct me if wrong, but I think the Obamaniod hasn’t been doing anything meaningful for the Kurds or any of the Christians being crucified, slaughtered, raped, and enslaved by Obamanoid’s muslim buddies!

    • Ron

      …and if you don’t agree that we are peaceful Muslims, we will kill you….cut your head off…

    • Carolann313

      Of course islam is not a peaceful group, all satanic cults promote terror, lies and deception … just like what we have residing in the People’s White House. This cult will eventually be wiped out.

      • patriot 86

        Yup ‘satan knows scripture and he knows he’s sealed his fate with his fall from grace but he soldiers on anyway .What a turd ‘reminds me a lot of his puppet in the white house ‘obumbler.

  • Daniel from TN

    I wonder how long until the UN tries to return the town to ISIS!!!

    • Ellen

      I hope never. But then it does not seem like the UN exercises any sense at all. Still I hope it will never happen.


      the UN is evil

      • patriot 86


  • MegaMouseGW

    This is how it should be done. The locals taking charge and taking out those that are TERRORISTS.

    • Rosech Levy

      A good example of us as true patriots of America.

      • patriot 86

        Exactly ‘ if it comes to our towns and cities let’s take a page from their book.There are a lot more of us then there are of them.

    • patriot 86

      Blueprint for freedom right there .

  • jtitan24

    Thank God for his help with this brave firghters taking back their Lands, we must support them in every possible way, how much do you think the Muslim in the White House will send support. LOL

    • Ben

      The question is ambiguous, because you didn’t say if the illegal (non citizen) moslem in the white house would support his ISIS, or what. Our national “shame moslem” would never support any Christian Freedom Fighter, any more than he might be able to resist helping ISIS to kill them. From the article: “He said, We must depend on ourselves to defend our land for now and the future”. My heart wishes them well. One, with God, is a majority.

      • Ellen

        If Mexico and other countries south of our border would feel the same to “We must depend on ourselves to defend our land for now and the future” will reduce our stinking problem with the illegals. They should say “We must depend on ourselves to support our land and our people for now and in the future.” This small village in Irag has worst problems than Mexico, etc. has.

      • patriot 86

        You got that right .With god on one’s side who can be conquered.

      • Paul Joseph

        Obama doesn’t care about 40 BLACK Christian young ladies who were murdered by brutal muzlum terrorists in Kenya.

    • patriot 86

      If anything the traitor in chief will send support to the isis troops to try and retake the town.Ebola should be watching real close what happens cuz this will be what will happen in every small town in the U.S should he be stupid enough to try his martial law bullshit .

  • Events in the world of eschatology raced in 2013. Here is just a short list of how God’s end-time prophetic scenario moved ahead throughout the year:

    ➡︎ America’s complete betrayal of Israel. As Rep. Louie Gohmert says, “It was intentional and they had been putting pressure on Israel not to defend themselves. I’m told by people in Israel that you wouldn’t believe the pressure that this administration has brought to bear on Israel not to defend herself.” The current U.S. administration are cheering for Israel’s annihilation. No, that’s not too strong of a comment.

    ➡︎ The predicted “perilous times” of II Timothy 3 have escalated. David Horowitz’s FrontPageMag asked in a headline on September 12, “What If Islamists Took Control of the White House?” On September 12, 2001, that was inconceivable. Today it is a reality.

    ➡︎ We have seen the rise of lawlessness starting with the highest leaders in the land. Laws are broken with the stroke of a pen. The U.S. Constitution is ignored by American leaders acting in a totalitarian manner. Such leadership lawlessness inevitably leads to the lawlessness of the people under them. Charles Krauthammer writes an insightful article about the “breathtaking lawlessness” of our times here. Matthew 24:12 refers to the rise of lawlessness in the last days.

    ➡︎ It was open season on Jews and Christians in 2013. Neither were safe. And the facts and truths of these stories were hidden by almost all media outlets except the Internet and Christian radio. The media will report perceived offenses to Muslims but not to Jews or Christians worldwide. In many countries, there is but a pile of ashes where once stood a church. This article calls the global war on Christians the “unreported catastrophe of our times.”

    ➡︎ God’s Word is now called “hate material” & talking about God’s laws is called “hate speech.” So-called hate crime laws are now in place to promote wickedness and silence God’s children, even God Himself if that were possible.

    ➡︎ The Cult of Leftism has many tenets, and it demands full compliance with all of them, but nothing in its creed compares to the sanctity of their two great sacraments: child murder and sodomy. You must not question these, but tolerance alone will not be good enough. You must celebrate them, too. You must worship at their altar. You must sing hallelujah at the mention of their names. You must fight for a society where infanticide and gay sex are awarded a protected and privileged position. When a man decides to kill babies for a living, you must call him a ‘health care provider’ and a ‘healer.’ When a man decides to announce to the world that he enjoys sex with other men, you must call him a ‘hero’ and a ‘pioneer.’ You must quite literally give him awards for his courage.

    ➡︎ Christians in the military were banned from sharing their faith (later rescinded). Such outfits as The American Family Association were called a “hate group.” The IRS asked Christian groups applying for non-profit status what the content of their prayers was. Such marginalization is predicted for the last days.

    ➡︎ If we are to look for signs in nature then we cannot dismiss the significance of one of the deadliest storms ever — Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines late in the year. It will take years for the region to recover. There was “perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves with hearts fainting for fear . . . ” (Luke 21:25-27).

    ➡︎ Many are asking if Gog is rising? Vladmir Putin has made a resurgence in world influence thanks to the decline of America and her current weak leadership. Putin is viewed by some as a savior in the Middle East for holding off an invasion of Syria. Putin smells blood in the water and is in the process of seizing global leadership away from President Obama. Ezekiel 38-39 refer to Gog of the land of Magog, a national force that will invade Israel in the latter years. Magog is the land to the uttermost north of Israel.

    ➡︎ The Antichrist system is now in place. We learned in 2013 that spying is big business, even on American citizens. You are never alone! There is always somebody snooping over your shoulder! There is more info on you than you could imagine. Thus, the Antichrist system is being installed today. It will be ready to go when he arrives and he is crowned as a temporary king.

    ➡︎ Hating God became a passionate sport. Atheist churches are springing up around the world complete with sermons, songs, and offerings. They proclaim the “mock of ages,” not the “rock of ages.” God as the source of absolute truth and moral authority has to go! They have a “form of godliness” but deny its power (II Timothy 3). Their motto is, “I believe in life before death.”

    ➡︎ Cash isn’t dead yet but it is on life support. Even plastic could go by the wayside. The path is being made easy for an Antichrist system of global economic opportunity. It appears that Israel will be the world’s first cashless society.

    ➡︎ The further decline in man’s character as men and women in high places, who should be setting a high standard as to morals and behavior, displayed abysmal character traits. The highest leaders of our land are proud liars, cheaters, and workers of iniquity. And they never even blush about their seared consciences.This is foretold in many places but most obviously in II Timothy 3.

    ➡︎ The longing for a “man with a plan,” a “Mr.Fix-It,” grew more intense this year. Even actor Mel Gibson said,”Someone must rise from the ashes and save us.” He was referring to government instability and dysfunction. He does not know that the man waiting in the wings known as the Antichrist, will talk a good game but will set the world on its final deadly course….

    ➡︎ The great end-time apostasy marches on. While not all churches are dysfunctional, one study concludes nearly 150,000 America churches are nearly terminal. That’s almost 40% of U.S. churches. Frustration and conflict lead to a revolving door of pastors and apathy reigns within many. Folks will flock to false teachers and to seeker-sensitive churches where the true gospel is never preached.

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    • Ronald Brobst

      The end is so near, God will be glorified, and islam shall be destroyed forever and sent to hell where it came from, II hope some of it’s followers learn the truth and come to Christ

      • God will indeed destroy the muslims, they are a cancer upon the earth.
        How sad that America has a muslim sitting in the oval office.

      • patriot 86

        AMEN FRIEND i too though a sinner who falls daily can’t wait for his return and the righting of all wrongs and the establishment of his kingdom here on earth .GOD BLESS.

    • patriot 86

      We are living in the end times no doubt .Only a complete fool would deny that .All a person can do now is live god’s word and try and get everyone they know to do also .I tend to be the optimist and see this as a great oppurtunity to increase in holiness and spirituality .I trust in god to protect his own and though we may have to lay down our lives for our faith ‘ it is of small sacrifice for what we will gain .Pray for all his children and the world that all who can be saved will be.

  • Rosech Levy

    All praise to them and letting us know tribes are still alive and working to save ancient history via language, building and courage. Wish more Americans were like this. I liked the fact that they still speak the language of Jesus. Our Western Culture still alive in some places, such as here. Why does not our government aid these people with foods, water, weapons instead of ISIS and other terrorists really bothers me?

  • seebee

    The United States is a Federal Republic, it is not
    a Democracy.

    • Sue4477

      Is that another term for Constitutional Republic? That seems to be what many call our form of gov’t.

  • Louise Goins

    So why dont obama order weapons dropped for the Christians? Oh thats right he is anti-Christian and anti-Semitic in all his actions….very pro-muslim in his actions. The newly elected Republicans need to start impeachment proceedings so we can stop this abuse of power for personal preference and gain.
    What are the new members of The House and Senate doing? Seriously. Is the only difference before the midterm election and now the names on the roll call? Do something! The message from the American voters was clear we want Republicans to stop the chaos coming from the obama administration.

    • conductor1

      Louise, there will be no impeachment, because the GOP would need 67 votes to convict. That means they need 13 Democrats to vote with them. Impeachment is well deserved, but it’s not gonna happen. With that in mind, the smartest thing thing for the GOP to go is to flood Obama with bills that he’ll probably veto, showing Americans who, and which party are the obstacle, all of which will help in 2016.

      • Louise Goins

        That may well be true. Then again there may 13 or more Democrats who want their party to survive, who may actually see what is going on and may actually put the best interests of The United States of America first. The new Congress will be sworn in next January. I hope they take action.

        • conductor1

          Dems may cross over and vote on some things such as Keystone pipeline, repealing the medical device tax, and perhaps immigration, but they won’t vote impeachment, because it would hurt their chances in 2016. Politicians tend to put America’s best interests first when it helps them stay in power.

  • Wayright2

    I hope they caught a few Isis alive,………… they can off their heads and display them on the fence posts.

    • Bob Link

      To kill them would be a sin. But, did you know that when you castrate a stallion he becomes a more docile animal. Would that not work on those ISIS rascals?

      • Ronald Brobst

        killing in combat is not a sin, they are enemy combatants, just like the illegal Mexicans who cross our border, they should be open season, and removed from our land dead or aloiv.

      • Wayright2

        Why don’t you try to convert them to Christianity and let us know how that goes.

  • James D

    It is really terrible that the Kurds are the ones showing what it means to be patriots. America used to be the beacon of hope, now it resides in a small village in the middle east. WTF happened. Prayers go out to them, and may isis burn in hell.

  • mark giunta

    now, if america with all her ” mighty power” will get off her azz and help .. Isis ” will be eradicated like Hilter ” was, along with all the other dictators, ideoligicals and the jane fonda’s of this world oops, the jane thing. our country along with the non serving liberals. might just be able to co-exist? dare I say people then could travel . Even in the middle east.

  • Ellen

    If most of the towns would do this, ISIS may have a hard time invading these areas. Maybe they should invite the Yazidis to come to this town to protect them and the Yazidis can in turn help protect the area with them. All it takes are just good people to make a difference. May God be with them. Our God and theirs.

  • J_R_K

    Whaddya know, real, honest to God freedom fighters in Iraq (that is not a joke or a pun or a slight, it is an observation)

  • wsurfs .

    God Bless these people and help them protect their village..!

  • Ronald Brobst

    I want to let you all know that allah is here in my back yard, I stuffed him in a bottle and put him under a rock, so they can yell for him all they want, but I won'[t pull out the cork so it can get out, you do know that allah is a myth, muhammad was a child molester and a queer. death to islam. No caps for those muslim goons, I have 0 respect for anything islam.

  • Sue4477

    Edmund Burke had it sooo right: ” All that is needed for evil to succeed is that decent human beings do nothing”. The ‘do nothings’ are in Congress. These Kurds DID something. We should pay attention to what they did.

  • eyesjamesq

    If it’s not Jesus it’s a lie.

  • gunnygil

    Note: The only given stipulation for membership is OWNING A GUN. Sounds like the US Constitutional 2nd Amendment means more there than here. True Americanism is loving freedom and being willing to fight for and defend those freedoms (taking RESPONSIBILITY for those freedoms) where ever in the world you may be. It has NOTHING to do with government control (Democrat facism) of your life, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness

  • John

    Thank you for a wonderful story about some very courageous Christians.



  • Slumdogpreacher

    The Bible says these things would get worse in the LAST DAYS prior to Christ’s return. Many people seem to be clueless about the dire straits the USA and all nations are in and have not prepared themselves for what’s coming. Hosea 4:6-11 states in part, that “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” 2Timothy 2:15-18 tells us to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”

  • Lui

    Right makes might. These people are totally ill equipped compared to ISIS, but they still kicked but. If Obama had given them the equipment they were promised, ISIS would not have won the initial battles in the first place and the wholesale slaughter of Christians would not have taken place. It was Obama’s choice to leave Christians at the Mercy of Muslims. Can there be any doubt he is Muslim.

  • Disgust

    God Bless them.

  • Burton Pauly

    Those muslims who participate in Jihad against those who don’t worship their god or agree with them are a blood thirsty, radical bunch of misfits that only understand force, and they need to be liberated from their lives by those who value life, and the sooner the better. Folks they need to see their Allah, and the seventy virgins they want to violate.

  • Jim Monk

    Give these people all the assistance they need.


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