A former Swiss army officer who fought against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as part of a Christian armed group in Syria appeared in court on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for violating military regulations.
Johan Cosar (Hanna Johannes Cosar) is a leader in the Syriac Military Council, founded in 2013 to protect Christian populations in Syria and is part of the US-led coalition backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF has now almost defeated the Islamic State in its last pocket of territory in Deir al-Zor Province.
According to the Swiss Military Penal Code, citizens are not allowed to join foreign armies.
The case of Hanna Johannes Cosar was a rare example of European countries prosecuting citizens for fighting against, rather than with, jihadist forces in Iraq and Syria.
Cosar was fined 500 Swiss francs ($499), a relatively lenient punishment, after being convicted by a Swiss military tribunal.
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Almost five years after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) slaughtered its way onto the scene in Iraq and Syria – brandishing their own extreme and much-denounced version of Islam – some in the Middle East are coming out to announce their conversion to Christianity, seeking another Abrahamic faith to drown out the nightmares of life under the terrorist tirade.
“One day, ISIS came to the house as they were unhappy with my mother and my sister. They wanted to take them away and I begged them not too, I said I would do whatever I could to protect them. So for two years and eight months, we were forced to live under their rule and do what they say.”
– Jamial, a 35-year-old Iraqi, who in recent months made a quiet conversion to Christianity
ISIS nightmare prompts some Muslims in the Middle East to convert to Christianity:
Four years have passed since the Islamic State group’s fighters were run out of Kobani, a strategic city on the Syrian-Turkish border, but the militants’ violent and extreme interpretation of Islam has left some questioning their faith.
A new church is attracting converts. It is the first local Christian place of worship for decades.
“If heaven is made for ISIS and their belief, I would choose hell for myself instead of being again with them in the same place, even if it’s paradise.”
– Firas also turned away from Islam to Christianity
Life under ISIS led these Muslims to Christ:
Syrian Muslims find Jesus after ISIS brutality: ‘Christianity was the religion I was searching for’:
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