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Syriac Military Council
File:Logo of the Syriac Military Council.jpg
Official flag of the Syriac Military Council
Active 2013–present
Country Syria
Type Light infantry (militia)
Role Regional defence
Armed resistance
Nickname(s) MFS
Engagements Syrian civil war

The Syriac Military Council (Syriac language: ܡܘܬܒܐ ܦܘܠܚܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo, Arabic language: المجلس العسكري السرياني السوري‎) is an Assyrian/Syriac military organisation in Syria. The establishment of the organisation was announced on 8 January 2013. According to the Syriac Military Council (MFS) the goal of the organisation is to stand up for the national rights of Syriacs and to protect the Syriac people in Syria. It intends to work together with the other communities in Syria to change the current regime of Bashar al-Assad. The organisation will fight mostly in the densely populated Syriac areas of the Governorates of Aleppo, Damascus, Al-Hasakah, Latakia and Homs.[1]

On 16 December 2013 the Syriac Military Council announced the foundation of an new Military Academy named "Martyr Abgar".[2][3] On December 24 the MFS, released photographs showing its members in control of the Syriac village of Ghardukah, located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Qahtaniyah (Tirbespiyê/Qabre Hewore).[4] The village church had been completely destroyed by Jabhat al-Nusra, which occupied the hamlet before being expelled in mid-October during an operation launched by the People's Protection Units (YPG),[5] in which MFS members may have participated. On 8 January 2014, the MFS announced that the group had joined the YPG ranks.[6][7]

Tel Brak & Tel Hamis Operations

The MFS was also a part of a YPG-led offensive against Jabhat al-Nusra, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Ahrar ash-Sham which began on 26 December 2013 in Tel Hamis area.[8] YPG and MFS were unable to hold Tel Brak and failed to Tel Hamis, and the offensive was called off in early January. However, on February 23, a predawn raid by the Kurdish People's Protection Units and the Syriac Military Council captured Tal Brak from the Islamist.[9]

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