SYRIA

ISIS Releases 19 Hostages

The Islamic State reportedly released 19 Assyrian Christians who were kidnapped and held captive, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday. The monitoring group said ISIS processed 17 men and two women through a sharia court before letting them go. More than 200 Assyrians remain captive, after ISIS seized more than a dozen villages outside the northeastern city of Hasaka, which is mainly inhabited by the Kurds. ISIS has not claimed any of the abductions, but last month the militant group posted a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.