The Dwekh Nawsha (literally “one who sacrifices”) is a military organization created in June 2014 in order to defend Iraq’s Assyrian Christians from the Islamic State (IS), and possibly retake their lands currently controlled by the IS.
The Dwekh Nawsha operates in coordination with the regional and international security forces, such as the Kurdish Peshmerga. Today, the group consists of about 50 to 100 fighters.
Despite being led by the Assyrian Patriotic Party, most fighters are not members of the party. Several foreign fighters have joined the Dwekh Nawsha; they include Americans, British, French and Australians.