Assyrian priest Father Jacques Mourad (pictured) escaped from the Islamic State-held city of Qaratayn on 11 October on the back of a motorbike, disguised as an Islamist fighter.
On 8 October, Islamic State released a video showing the execution of three Assyrian Christian men in Hassaka province in the northeast corner of Syria. They have been identified as Dr Abdel-Maseeh Aniyah and Ashur Rustam Abraham from the village of Tal Jazirah, and Bassam Issa Michael from the village of Tal Shamiram.
On 18 August, Islamic State released 22 more of the Assyrian Christians kidnapped in February 2015. A group of 23 was released in March.
Islamic State militants have rejected an offer of $1,150,000 (approximately ‚Ç¨1,023,000) from the Assyrian community for the release of 230 Assyrian Christians they are holding in northeastern Syria, and instead are demanding $23 million (‚Ç¨20,452,000).
Islamic State has released 19 of the Assyrian Christians captured on 23 February 2015, but over 200 remain in captivity.
On 23 February, Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 150 Assyrian Christians during attacks on 35 Assyrian Christian villages in the northeast corner of Syria.
The 13 nuns and three maids kidnapped by rebel forces on 3 December 2013 have been released. The group included the convent’s mother superior, Pelagia Sayaf (pictured).
A new video showing 12 nuns who were kidnapped in December 2013 has been broadcast on Al-Jazeera TV. The video appears to have been taken on 5 February but Al-Jazeera cautioned that they could not independently verify the footage.
Opposition rebels have recaptured the mainly Christian town of Maaloula and forced 15 women, including twelve nuns, to leave their convent (pictured).
Patrick Sookhdeo (International Director of Barnabas Fund) has met with Syrian church leaders on several occasions since the civil war began in 2011. In early November, David Turner (Director, Church in Chains) interviewed Patrick about the current situation.
How do Syrian Christian leaders view the current situation?