Assyrians: Ancient Christian community new to Syria

An Assyrian Christian woman and her daughter, who fled the unrest in Syria, attend a prayer for the 220 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State group jihadists at Saint Georges Assyrian Church in Jdeideh, Lebanon, February 26, 2015The Assyrian community, from which Islamic State jihadists recently abducted at least 220 people in Syria, is one the world’s oldest Christian groups but came to the country less than a century ago. They are part of the patchwork of eastern Christian communities who trace their origins back to ancient Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq, well before Christianity and later Islam took root. In broad terms, Assyrians are Christians who remained faithful to the Nestorian doctrine, condemned by the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD.

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