Will Christmas Come to Iraq?

By Geoffrey P. Johnston

The holiday season is in full swing, with many Canadians enjoying the carefree pleasures of Christmas office parties and concerts. Others are looking forward to attending Christmas Eve church services, or getting together with family and friends over a turkey dinner.

Turkey Remains Leery About Kurdish Refugees From Kobani

By Mitchell Prothero

SURUC, TURKEY -- From a hilltop about half a mile from the besieged Kurdish-Syrian city of Kobani, the sounds of heavy weapons can be heard echoing from inside what was once a prosperous border town of about 250,000 people.

Christian Refugees in Iraq Face Up to a Bleak Christmas

By Simon Caldwell

David Thamir was having a great time as he played go-karts with other boys. He shrieked, ran and jumped with his companions as they charged around in the vehicles they had made for themselves. It was the sort of joyful and innocent fun which comes naturally to children.

Iraq PM Drops Lawsuits Against Journalists

By Sinan Salaheddin

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his political enemies.

Chicago Assyrian Community Rallies for Immigration Attorney

(AINA) -- Over 1,500 Assyrian-Americans gathered at the Assyrian National Council of Illinois (ANCI) Building in Skokie, Illinois this past Sunday in support of two community members recently indicted on federal immigration fraud charges.

Assyrians Need Autonomous Region, Says Advisor to Mosul's Governor

By Nahren Anweya

(AINA) -- On June 10 ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. The house of Dr. Duraid Tobiya Zoma was the first house to be occupied by ISIS and was marked with the letter "N" for Nazarene (Christian). Dr. Zoma, who is an advisor to the governor of Mosul and an Assyrian, lived in north Mosul.

Iraq's Governor of Nineveh Meets Assyrian Leaders in Chicago

(AINA) -- Atheel Al Nujaifi, the Sunni governor of Iraq's Nineveh province, met with Assyrian leaders in Chicago yesterday. The meeting was sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM) and was a discussion and question and answer session. Mr.

The Assyrian Fighters in North Iraq

By Peter Henderson

(AINA) -- Since the formation of Dwekh Nawsha, an Assyrian Christian paramilitary force operating in the Ninawa Plains area of northern Iraq, on 11 August 2014, there have been a number of news articles about the group: in the National Geographic on 27 August, from the AFP on 27 September, in...

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).

Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask

By Peter Ahern

(AINA) -- Australia, the self-styled lucky country, is joining the rest of the world in having to face up to Islamist terrorism. On Monday an ex-Shia-turned-Sunni Muslim, Man Haron Monis, took seventeen hostages in a cafe in Sydney.

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.

Assyrian Christian College Students Fill Food Hampers

By Kirstie Chlopicki

Fairfield, Australia -- Students from Narsai Assyrian Christian College are reaching out to lend a hand during the Christmas season. Members of the student representative council have led the charge in gathering donated food items from students to create hampers for those less fortunate.

Great Aspirations of the Iron Age

By James Romm

Renaissance philosophers, musing on European voyages to the New World, speculated that the dispersal of gold deposits throughout the globe was part of God's plan to spur travel, exploration, and communication between continents.


AINA News »

Sweden to Help Displaced Iraqis Face Winter
Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask
Chicago Assyrian Community Rallies for Immigration Attorney
Assyrians Need Autonomous Region, Says Advisor to Mosul's Governor
Turkey's Duplicitous Game With Assyrians
Documentary on Assyrian Refugees in Iraq Wins Vimeo Award
Iraq's Governor of Nineveh Meets Assyrian Leaders in Chicago
The Assyrian Fighters in North Iraq
European Assyrian Federations in Talks With EU Commission
Assyrian Homes Being Looted By Kurdish Forces
Assyrian Genocide Exhibition to Open in New York
Assyrian Federation of Sweden Visits Assyrian Refugees in North Iraq
Assyrian Monastery Saved From Kurdish Vandal
ISIS Attacks on Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, 1,000 Families Trapped
Assyrian Describes ISIS Takeover of His City in North Iraq

Reports »

•  The Assyrians: a People without Rights
•  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

Articles »

•  The Assyrian Genocide As A Part Of The Christian Genocide In The Ottoman Empire
•  Demographic and Climatic Factors in the Decline of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
•  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 »

Assyrian Community in Kazakhstan Survived Dark Times, Now Focuses on Education
Will Christmas Come to Iraq?
UN Launches Biggest Ever Humanitarian Appeal for Syria
Isis's British Connections: the Jihadists Who Want to Bring the Fight to the West
Turkey Remains Leery About Kurdish Refugees From Kobani
Several Top ISIS Leaders Have Been Killed in Iraq, U.S. Says
Christian Refugees in Iraq Face Up to a Bleak Christmas
Iraqi Kurds Say They Have Secured Route to Besieged Sinjar Mountain
Iraq PM Drops Lawsuits Against Journalists
US Senators Express Concern Over Crackdown on Media in Turkey

Editorials »

Turkey's Duplicitous Game With Assyrians
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?

Opinion Editorials »

Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask
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'

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The Language of Jesus: A Religious Journey Through Chicago
Getting to Know a Proud Minority Community
Digital Reconstruction of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II
Meet the Iraqi Assyrian Couple Attending Pope Francis' Synod
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