Kurds Gain on Islamic State in Iraq

By Dion Nissenbaum

HASSAN AL-SHAM, Iraq -- Iraqi Kurdish fighters are slowly laying the groundwork for a prolonged military offensive against Islamic State forces by reclaiming strategic villages on the northern Iraqi plains as they prepare to serve as the front-line fighters in America's new Middle East conflict.

ISIS Prompts Regional Shifts As Countries Scramble to Face Threat

By Antoine Ghattas Saab

Lebanon's political factions are mobilizing to face the security threat posed by extremist groups, catapulting the country into a transitional phase, diplomatic sources told The Daily Star. According to sources, a heated debate is underway on both political and security levels.

Syria Refugee Flood to Turkey Hits 100,000

By Desmond Butler

KUCUK KENDIRCILER, TURKEY (AP) -- The 19-year-old Kurdish militant, who has been fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, brought his family across the border into Turkey to safety Sunday.

Australian FM Statement on Iraq to UN Security Council

The following is the statement on the situation in Iraq, made by Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, to the United Nations Security Council. I thank you Mr President for initiating this meeting today, for we must send a clear signal of the international community's strong support for Iraq.

Australia Provides Assistance to Women and Girls in Iraq

Today I announce that Australia will provide $2 million in assistance to support the hundreds of thousands of women and girls affected by the ongoing violence in Iraq. This is part of the Australian Government's efforts to help Iraq protect its people from the terror and brutality of ISIL.

5K Walk Calls Attention to Assyrian Suffering in Iraq

Skokie, Illinois (AINA) -- over 1,000 Assyrians participated in a 5 kilometer walk to call attention to the suffering of Assyrians in north Iraq, who have been forced to flee their homes by the Islamic State (ISIS). The walk was held in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago which is home to 20,000 Assyrians.

5 Assyrians Elected to Swedish Parliament

Stockholm (AINA) -- Five Assyrians have been elected to serve in the Riksdag, the Swedish National Parliament. Elections were held on September 14. Three are from the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Yilmaz Kerimo, Mr. Emmanuel Oz and Mr. Ibrahim Baylan. Mr.

The Minorities of the Nineveh Plain and the Demand for a Safe Haven

By Mikhael Benjamin

(AINA) -- The province of Nineveh is going through tragic and exceptional conditions, particularly its minorities, national, ethnic, religious and linguistic groups, such as the Chaldean Assyrian Christians, Yazidis, Shabak, Turkmen and the Kakai in the aftermath of the control by ISIS terrorist...

The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Wednesday, August 20 five Patriarchs from the Middle East visited Arbel in north Iraq to show support for the beleaguered Assyrian Christian community (AINA 2014-08-21) and to call attention to the cultural genocide that is being committed against it by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous

By Konstantin Sabo

(AINA) -- Almost on a daily basis we are hear unthinkable and heartbreaking news about the cruelties that the Islamic State (ISIS) is committing in North Iraq, particularly against Assyrians and Yazidis. The Nineveh Plain is an area north of Mosul.

The Kurds Must Support the Assyrians and Yazidis Militarily and Politically

By James Rayis

(AINA) -- Today, in the midst of the greatest threat to a 6764 year old community's existence in Iraq, the Aramaic-speaking Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs), both Iraqi and expatriate, must look to the Kurdish Regional Government for immediate aid for those in the Nineveh and Kirkuk...

The First Assyrian Settlers in Canada

By Jennifer Higgs

The story of a small town and congregation in rural Saskatchewan begins halfway around the world and more than 100 years ago, when settlers from Persia came to North Battleford to build their future on Canadian soil.


AINA News »

5K Walk Calls Attention to Assyrian Suffering in Iraq
5 Assyrians Elected to Swedish Parliament
The Minorities of the Nineveh Plain and the Demand for a Safe Haven
Joint Assyrian, Armenian Letter Sent to House Foreign Affairs Committee
City of Yonkers Passes Resolution Supporting Assyrians of Iraq
75% of Assyrians Return to Their Town in North Iraq
Chaldean Bishop: ISIS Wants to Rip Christians From Their Roots
ISIS Orders All Christian, Shiite Business Assets to Be Delivered to the Islamic State
ISIS Using Christian Homes in Mosul As Factories for Explosive Devices
Assyrian Delegate Calls for Safe Haven, UN Protection for Assyrians and Other Minorities in Iraq
12 Assyrians Who Were Held By ISIS Escape By Faking Conversion
Yazidi Member of Iraq's Parliament Calls for Arming Yazidis and Assyrians
Some Assyrians Who Fled Their Town Say They Wish to Leave Iraq
Tens of Thousands of Assyrian and Yazidi Children At Risk in North Iraq
Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch Delivers Keynote Speech At in Defense of Christians Summit

Reports »

•  Minorities of Nineveh Plain and the Demand for a Safe Haven
•  Facing Annihilation: Innocent Assyrian victims of an unfolding Genocide
•  50 Thousand Assyrians: Report On The Flight From Al Hamdaniya
•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2013
•  Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle
•  The Status of Christian Minorities in the Middle East
•  Between the Barbed Wire: Syrian Christian Refugees in Lebanon
•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2011
•  The Situation of Assyrians in Northern Iraq

Articles »

•  The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement
•  Theater, Language and Inter-Ethnic Exchange: Assyrian Performance Before WWI
•  Assyrians In Iraq
•  Description and Significance of the Nestorian Stele in China
•  The Cross and the Lotus

News »

Kurds Gain on Islamic State in Iraq
ISIS Prompts Regional Shifts As Countries Scramble to Face Threat
Germany Rules Out Air Strikes, Ground Troops in Iraq
Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Iraq
DOD Highlights Information From Iraq As Emphasis Shifts Away From Afghanistan
Syria Refugee Flood to Turkey Hits 100,000
Iraq's Islamist Kurds Under Fire From Both Sides of the War
Australian FM Statement on Iraq to UN Security Council
Australia Provides Assistance to Women and Girls in Iraq
Iraq Said to Foil Islamic State Chemical Attack

Editorials »

The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq
Increasing Calls for Military Intervention to Save Assyrians and Yazidis
US, Europe Must Arm the Assyrians, Provide Immediate Humanitarian Aid
Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day As History Repeats Itself
Islamic State in Iraq Part of Larger Sunni Insurgency; Assyrians, Minorities Need Safe Haven
For Assyrians in Iraq it is a Genocide
Newly Elected Assyrian Patriarch Wants to Commemorate Genocide Centennial
99 Years of Turkish Genocide
Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?
Turkey's Role in the Kidnapping of the Syrian Bishops

Opinion Editorials »

Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous
The Kurds Must Support the Assyrians and Yazidis Militarily and Politically
Does the American Government Care About the Assyrians of Iraq?
The Origin and Meaning of Assyrian Martyrs Day
Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders
The West Must Not Ignore the Plight of Christians in the Muslim World
The Kurds: Victims and Oppressors
Barzani Calls Assyrian Massacre Victims 'Kurds'
Assyrian Girl Escapes Muslim Death Threats in Iraq, Fights Cancer in Lebanon
Assyrians Don't Want to Be a Part of a Part of Iraq

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From the Mountains of the Servants of God
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Safe At Last, After a Century of Conflict
'Assyria to Iberia' Exhibition Opening in New York This September
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