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Abducted Assyrian Christians moved to jihadists stronghold

The fate of those kidnapped, almost all of them Assyrian Christians, remained unclear Wednesday, two days after they were seized

Latest report says that the Assyrian Christians abducted have been moved by the Islamic State to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the jihadists and Kurdish, Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria.

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Activists and state-run media confirmed the report.

At least 70 Assyrian Christians were abducted by ISIS as they attacked communities nestled along the river on Monday, including women and children.

Others had fled for safety.

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The Khabur River in Hassakeh province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria.

It is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Christian Assyrians and Armenians.

The fate of those kidnapped, almost all of them Assyrian Christians, remained unclear Wednesday, two days after they were seized.

Relatives of the group searched frantically for word on the fate of the loved ones, but none came.

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