Turkish Party Says YPG Kurdish Militia Crossed West of Euphrates

ISTANBUL -- Ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesman Omer Celik has said that the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), has crossed west of the Euphrates River, a move that Turkey considers a national security threat.

Saudi Arabia, Turkey Pushed Syrian Opposition to Leave Talks

By Sam Dagher

GENEVA -- The Syrian opposition abruptly withdrew from peace talks in Geneva this week under pressure from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, two of the main backers of the rebels, according to diplomats and at least a half-dozen opposition figures.

Erdogan's Foreign Policy Is in Ruins

By Henri J. Barkey

It wasn't long ago that Turkish foreign policy was the talk of the town. Defined by the catchy phrase of "zero problems with the neighbors," Turkey aimed to both improve relations with its neighborhood and slowly emerge as the dominant regional power.

Militant Group Sidelined As Turkey Unveils Plan to End Kurdish Unrest

By Seyhmus Cakan

MARDIN, Turkey (Reuters) -- Turkey all but ruled out direct talks with Kurdish militants to end one of the worst periods of bloodshed in a three-decade insurgency on Friday, saying the government would instead bring what it called civil society groups to the table.

A Call for an End to Collective Punishment in Turkey

By Robert C. Hockett

Perhaps because we are distracted by violence throughout the Middle East, not to mention a high-stakes electoral campaign now in full swing, many of us here in the U.S. (including the media) have been overlooking a mass atrocity now underway in Turkey, our own NATO ally.

As Lebanon's Demographics Shift, Christians Bear the Brunt

By Joseph A. Kechichian

Beirut -- A fresh dispute surfaced in Lebanon a few days ago over the appointment of a senior government official at the Ministry of Finance, where a post reserved for a Christian -- according to the 1943 National Pact and 1989 Tai'f Agreement -- went to a Shiite.

European Parliament Designates ISIS Atrocities As Genocide

Brussels (AINA) -- The European Parliament voted today to designate the atrocities committed by ISIS against religious and ethnic minorities, including Assyrians and Yazidiz, as genocide. The resolution passed by an overwhelming majority.

ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

(AINA) -- ISIS today released 22 Assyrian hostages in Syria. 16 of the hostages were captured captured on February 23 when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages.

Twin Blasts Target Assyrian Shops in Qamishli, Syria

Qamishli, Syria (AINA) -- Two explosions rocked an Assyrian neighborhood in Qamishli. The first targeted the Star Cafe, where a bomb was placed on a bicycle that was left in front of the store. The explosion killed 3 Assyrians and injured 20. The second blast targeted Joseph Bakery.

US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups

(AINA) -- There are reports in the media that state the Obama Administration will designate ISIS's attacks on Yazidis in Iraq as genocide, without giving the same designation to ISIS's attacks on Assyrians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even though these attacks targeted both groups and...

Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On June 10, 2014 ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. On August 7, 2014 ISIS drove into the Nineveh Plains north and east of Mosul, causing nearly 200,000 Assyrians to flee their villages.

Refugees: It's Time to Be Discriminating

By Peter Ahern

(AINA) -- Words can change their meanings radically in line with evolving social and cultural developments. One need only think of the term "gay" to see this phenomenon.

Assyria At Mardi Gras

By Keith Spera|

As might be expected from a Mardi Gras organization celebrating its 50th anniversary, the 2016 Endymion parade will take a long look back at its history. In keeping with this year's theme, "Endymion Through the Years," individual floats will illustrate past themes. Endymion rolls at 4:15 p.m.


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Kurdish YPG Forces Setup Training Camps in 3 Assyrian Villages in Syria
European Parliament Designates ISIS Atrocities As Genocide
ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria
Fighting Between Turkish Army and Kurdish PKK Damages Assyrian Church
Assyrian Forces Secure Abandoned Front Line Town Against ISIS In North Iraq
Assyrian Confederation of Europe Calls for End to Turkish Bombings of Assyrian Areas
Twin Blasts Target Assyrian Shops in Qamishli, Syria
Assyrians in Sweden Demonstrate Against Kurdish Aggression in Syria
Turkish Jets Bomb Assyrian Village in North Iraq
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mediates Between Assyrians and Kurds in Qamishli
European Assyrian Organizations Condemn Kurdish YPG Attack on Assyrians in Syria
ISIS Release 16 Assyrian Hostages in Syria, Including 8 Children
Kurdish YPG Forces Attack Assyrians in Syria, 1 Assyrian, 3 Kurds Killed
Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women
Funeral Held for 13 Assyrians Killed in Restaurant Bombings in Syria

Reports »

•  ISIS Genocide in North Iraq
•  The Assyrian Property Issue In Turkey
•  The State of Iraq's Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul
•  The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Miinorities in Iraq
•  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

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 »

Iraq's Water Minister Judges Only Tiny Danger of Mosul Dam Collapse
Turkish Party Says YPG Kurdish Militia Crossed West of Euphrates
Saudi Arabia, Turkey Pushed Syrian Opposition to Leave Talks
German Students Should Take Compulsory Arabic Lessons, Says Leading Professor
Talking Oil, ISIS and Kurdish Independence With Kirkuk Governor
Erdogan's Foreign Policy Is in Ruins
Militant Group Sidelined As Turkey Unveils Plan to End Kurdish Unrest
A Call for an End to Collective Punishment in Turkey
As Lebanon's Demographics Shift, Christians Bear the Brunt
Merkel's Deadly Misstep

Editorials »

US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups
Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
Reflections on the Assyrian Genocide and the Next 100 Years
Teaching People to Commit Genocide
'Don't Cry, Sandra' -- Immortal Words of Faith and Hope From an Assyrian Refugee Girl
The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria
Why the Western Diagnosis of the Syrian Conflict Is Wrong
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

Opinion Editorials »

Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women
Refugees: It's Time to Be Discriminating
A Future for Minorities in the Middle East?
U.S. Government Should Stop Prosecution of Assyrian Attorney
The Middle East and Its Grim Near-Future Development
From Iraq to Syria: the Genocidal Ordeal of the Assyrians
ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer
Multiculturalism and the Overturning of Traditional Loyalties
Citizenship or Residency? The Muslim Immigration Dilemma Facing the West
Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask

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Wedding Plans Interrupted By War, But Their Love Prevails
New Book on Assyrians in Iraq in the 20th Century
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