West Waging a 'CNN War' in Syria As Isil Makes Gains in Iraq

By Sofia Barbarani and Richard Spencer

On the barren wastes of Mount Sinjar, the Yazidis are once more surrounded and fighting for their lives. "We saw Isil, there are daily clashes with Isil. Today and yesterday there was heavy fighting," said one stranded Yazidi man, Dre'i Shamo, last week. "The situation is very tragic and critical.

The US Significantly Escalates Airstrikes Against ISIS

By Brett Logiurato

The US and partner nations conducted 22 airstrikes against targets held by the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, marking the most for a single 24-hour stretch since the US began airstrikes against the group in August.

Women on Front Lines Against IS in Syria, Iraq

By Elena Becatoros and Bassem Mroue

SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group.

Turkey: The 'Great Muslim Democracy'

By Burak Bekdil

"We have made the conservative, pious [Muslim] masses not just a part, but a major actor of the political system." Thus said Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, not even trying to hide his pride.

Steadily Losing Iraq To The Islamic State

By David Ignatius

Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown in Anbar province was forced to surrender this week to fighters from the Islamic State.

Never Forget, and Never Again

By Paul Benjamin

Since the genocide of Armenians, Pontic Greeks and Assyrians (also called Chaldeans and Syriacs) in the Ottoman empire in 1915, these communities have been subject to a diaspora with new settlements in countries far from their ancestral ones.

Assyrian Genocide Monument Erected in Athens

Athens, Greece (AINA) -- An Assyrian genocide monument was erected yesterday in Athens, Greece, where 8,000 Assyrians live. The monument is a memorial for the Assyrian victims of the Turkish genocide of Christians in World War One, which claimed 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 1.

Rains Cause Flooding in Refugee Camps in Dohuk, Iraq

Dohuk, Iraq (AINA) -- Heavy rains flooded refugee camps in Dohuk, Iraq, where an estimated 100,000 Iraqis fled when ISIS entered the Nineveh Plain on August 7. The refugees are mostly Assyrians and Yazidis. Hundreds of refugees were forced to abandon their tents after they were flooded by the rains.

Mosul Residents Living in Sadness and Terror Under ISIS

(AINA) -- Reporting via telephone, residents of Mosul describe a life of terror and sadness, living under strict Sharia law as imposed by ISIS. A general silence hangs over the city. ISIS continues carrying out random executions of young men and public figures. The most recent execution was of Ms.

Assyrian Mother and Three Sons Murdered in Baghdad

(AINA) -- According to a report by Al-Masalah, an Iraqi news outlet, a security source in Baghdad confirmed on Saturday that on September 27 armed men assaulted a home in southwest Baghdad and killed an Assyrian family of four.

Assyrian Appointed Sweden's Minister of Energy

Stockholm (AINA) -- Ibrahim Baylan, a member of Sweden's Social Democratic Party, has been appointed as Sweden's Minister of Energy. Mr. Baylan was elected to the Swedish Parliament on September 14, along with four other Assyrians (AINA 2014-09-19). Ibrahim Baylan was born in Turabdin, Turkey.

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).

Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination

By Yeghig Tashjian

(AINA) -- As World War I broke out, the Turkish government implemented the plan to destroy the Christian communities within its empire. Around 2 million (1,500,000 Armenians, 750,000 Assyrians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks) were massacred and others deported from their ancestral lands.

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.

Digital Reconstruction of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq.

Meet the Iraqi Assyrian Couple Attending Pope Francis' Synod

By Elizabeth Dias

Baghdad has been home to Riyadh Azzu and Sanaa Habeeb for their entire lives. It is where they first met at church in 1969, married in 1976, developed their careers--he is an engineer, she is a pharmacist--and raised their son and daughter, who are now both doctors.


AINA News »

Assyrian Genocide Monument Erected in Athens
Rains Cause Flooding in Refugee Camps in Dohuk, Iraq
European Assyrians Lobby EU for Relief for Assyrians in Iraq
October 4 Report on North Iraq -- Yazidis Still Trapped on Sinjar, Patients Expelled From Hospitals
Mosul Residents Living in Sadness and Terror Under ISIS
Assyrian Mother and Three Sons Murdered in Baghdad
Assyrian Appointed Sweden's Minister of Energy
Three Assyrians Kidnapped in Syria
Islamists Destroy 7th Century Church, Mosque in Tikrit, Iraq
Documentary on Assyrian Genocide to Premiere for Centennial Commemoration
Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination
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

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 »

'The Bible' Series Producers Raising $25 Million for Displaced Christians in Iraq, Syria
West Waging a 'CNN War' in Syria As Isil Makes Gains in Iraq
The US Significantly Escalates Airstrikes Against ISIS
Kurdish Forces Retake North Iraqi Town From Islamic State
Women on Front Lines Against IS in Syria, Iraq
Turkey: The 'Great Muslim Democracy'
Free Syrian Army to Send 1,300 Fighters to Help Kurds Defend Kobani
Steadily Losing Iraq To The Islamic State
Never Forget, and Never Again
Syria's Druze Torn Between Assad, Extremists

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 »

Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination
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

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How Commerce and Conquest Spread the Ancient Cultures of the Middle East Across the Mediterranean
A Lifetime of Cooking Secrets
The Rise and Fall of Great Empires
Meet Randa Markos, the Assyrian Refugee-Turned-UFC Fighter
The First Assyrian Settlers in Canada
475 Families to Bring Out Handwritten Bible
8th World Syriac Conference Opened
From the Mountains of the Servants of God
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