Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Visits Canada

By Marc Montgomery

His Holiness, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church will visit Toronto and then Montreal. Fate of Christians in middle east The theme of his visit however is of great seriousness.

Fight to Save Iraq From Islamic State, Via Syria

By Greg Sheridan

The US, as Barack Obama until quite recently was wont to freely admit, has no discernible strategy for the Middle East, either for the region as a whole or for Iraq and Syria specifically. It has some strategic intent. But intent is not strategy.

British Journalists Detained in Turkey

By Mucahit Ceylan and Suzan Fraser

(AP) -- Two British journalists were detained along with their fixer while reporting from the main city in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast, where renewed fighting between the security forces and Kurdish rebels has killed scores of people, officials and reports said Friday.

Iraq Opening Green Zone to All Citizens

BAGHDAD (CNN) - Iraq's prime minister is ordering the military to prepare to open Baghdad's heavily fortified "green zone" to all civilians. The area, also known as the international zone, is home to the U.S. and British embassies along with Iraqi government offices.

America's Dangerous Bargain With Turkey

By Eric S. Edelman

WASHINGTON -- AFTER a year of intense diplomatic negotiations, the Turkish government is now permitting the United States to use Turkey's Incirlik Air Base, which will allow American aircraft to fly missions in Syria and Iraq with greater operational effectiveness and economic efficiency.

ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria

(AINA) -- Photos posted on ISIS social media sites show the destruction of Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria, which is near Homs. Qaryatain fell to ISIS on August 6 (AINA 2015-08-07). An estimated 1,400 Syriac Orthodox and 400 Syriac Catholic Assyrians lived in Qaryatain before it fell to ISIS.

Relative of Assyrians Released By ISIS Speaks

Stockholm (AINA) -- The Swedish Newspaper Lanstidningen interviewed Sabah Elijah, who verfified the authenticity of the video which appeared this week on Youtube (AINA 2015-08-15) showing Assyrian men, women and children who were captured by ISIS in Syria appealing for help.

Assyrian Captives of ISIS Appeal for Help in Video

(AINA) -- A video appeared yesterday on Youtube showing Assyrian men, women and children who were captured by ISIS in Syria appealing for help. The video shows ten men who say their name, year of birth and the village they come from in Arabic. Each statement is preceded by "I am Nisrani" (Christian).

Report on Turkish and Kurdish Confiscation of Assyrian Property

By Augin Kurt Haninke

(AINA) -- The German journalist Susanne Gusten in Istanbul has recently compiled a report showing that both the government and the Kurds confiscate Assyrian property. She suggests measures to be taken by the government to minimize the damage.

Kurdish Militia Occupies Assyrian School in Hasaka, Syria

(AINA) -- According to a report from Swedish-based AssyriaTV, the YPG, the Kurdish militia in Syria, has occupied an Assyrian school in the city of Hasaka for the last three weeks and is using it as a base of operations. Hundreds of Assyrian students are at risk of missing the start of school year.

7 Assyrian Villages in Northern Iraq Hit By Turkish Air Strikes

(AINA) -- The German public TV channel ARD reported yesterday that Assyrian villages in the Qandil mountains were hit by the recent Turkish air strikes against the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party. The villages hit by air strikes were Sharanish, Baz, Barwary Bala, Hayes, Dawoodiya and Margerija.

ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

(AINA) -- ISIS has released 22 Assyrians that it captured on February 23 when it 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. Most have not returned.

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.

Reflections on the Assyrian Genocide and the Next 100 Years

By Robert W. DeKelaita

(AINA) -- As a child I sat and listened to my grandfather Benjamin recount how he, as an orphaned child, had to carefully step over the dead bodies of his relatives and friends, as he made his escape from the Assyrian village of Mar Bishu in 1915.

The Middle East and Its Grim Near-Future Development

By Markus Tozman

(AINA) -- O my dear, they are making such a horrible muddle of the Near East, I confidently anticipate that it will be much worse than it was before the war … It's like a nightmare in which you foresee all the horrible things which are going to happen and can't stretch out your hand to prevent...

Festival to Provide Authentic Assyrian Experience

By Alysson Aredas

Turlock, California -- The Stanislaus County Fairgrounds will soon be abuzz with all things Assyrian-- food, historical exhibits and live entertainment--as the 2015 Central Valley Assyrian Festival strives to make a lasting impression in Turlock by immersing the community in the "culture that...

Top 10 Oldest Languages in the World

There are about 6000 languages that exist today. Language began thousands of years ago and determining the oldest of them is a hot debate. Researchers continuously search for proof of the earliest existing languages even though it is a very difficult task.


AINA News »

U.S. Government Should Stop Prosecution of Assyrian Attorney
ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria
Relative of Assyrians Released By ISIS Speaks
Assyrian Captives of ISIS Appeal for Help in Video
Report on Turkish and Kurdish Confiscation of Assyrian Property
Kurdish Militia Occupies Assyrian School in Hasaka, Syria
7 Assyrian Villages in Northern Iraq Hit By Turkish Air Strikes
ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria
Kurds Build Cemetery, Park in Heart of Assyrian Area in Turkey
Church Bells to Ring for Christians in the Middle East
ISIS Captures 250 Assyrians in Syria
Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
Australian Labor Party National Conference Condemns Attempted Genocide of Assyrians in Iraq
Priest Feared Kidnapped in Syria Released
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Calls on Youth to Defend Their Lands in Syria

Reports »

•  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
•  The Status of Christian Minorities in the Middle East

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•  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 »

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Visits Canada
Fight to Save Iraq From Islamic State, Via Syria
British Journalists Detained in Turkey
Iraq Opening Green Zone to All Citizens
Iraq's PM Orders Easier Access to Streets Closed By Militias, Factions
America's Dangerous Bargain With Turkey
The Impending Shiite Leadership Crisis Baghdad Doesn't See Coming
New Documentary Explores Chaldean Assyrian Experience in El Cajon
Is Turkey More Interested in Fighting Kurds Than ISIS?
Plight of Christians Fleeing Iraq Shakes Archbishop's Faith

Editorials »

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
US, Europe Must Arm the Assyrians, Provide Immediate Humanitarian Aid

Opinion Editorials »

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
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

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Spotlight on the Eastern Churches: The Syriac Orthodox Church
Investigating the Origins of Assyrian Government
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