Iraqi Forces Retake Most of Baiji Refinery From Islamic State

(Reuters) -- Iraqi forces retook most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State on Saturday, officials said, reversing gains by the militants who seized parts of the sprawling complex in northern Iraq this week. A spokesman for the U.S.

Fleeing ISIS Into Exile, Assyrian Christians Sing the Oldest Music on Earth

By George Richards

The last time they came along the road to the monastery of Mar Mattai in northern Iraq, it was September. Then, there was a queue of cars stretching back to Mosul. There were little girls in white dresses with curly hair tied up in ribbons. Mothers carried sponge-cakes in boxes on their knees.

Assyrians Driven From the Ruins of Nineveh

By Christopher Howse

The ruins of Nineveh, once the biggest city in the world, lie beside the river Tigris. On the other side of the river stands Mosul, a city of a million, the largest place still under the rule of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

In Battle Against ISIS, Saving Lives or Ancient Artifacts

By Christopher Jones

Last week's stunning video of the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is likely to renew calls for drastic action to save Iraq's antiquities before they are lost forever.

Swedish City to Host Assyrian Genocide Exhibiton

Sodertalje, Sweden (AINA) -- The City Hall of the Swedish city of Sodertalje, 36 kilometers south of Stockholm, will host an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian Genocide. Sodertalje is home to 30,000 Assyrians, a quarter of the population.

Thousands Attend Funeral Mass for Assyrian Patriarch

Chicago (AINA) -- The Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East was laid to rest today in a funeral service attended by thousands in Chicago, and watched by thousands of others across the world. The funeral service began at 10 A.M. at St.

ISIS Destroys Assyrian Church in Syria

Hasaka (AINA) -- ISIS destroyed the Virgin Mary Church in the Assyrian village of Tel Nasri in Khabur, Syria today at about 9 AM. after Assyrian and Kurdish fighters attempted to reenter the village. According to reports, the church has been leveled.

The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Monday, February 23 ISIS attacked 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hassaka province in northeast Syria (AINA 2015-02-23). At least 9 Assyrians fighters were killed defending their villages. Up to 373 Assyrians were captured.

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...

Assyrian Stories From the Caucasus

By Maxim Edwards

'We had a saying in those days. To shine shoes like an Assyrian,' begins Valery. 'There's a reason why that profession was so popular among Assyrians -- when you live dispersed, all over the world, and nobody speaks your language, you need a job where you can be mute. Where you have no voice.

The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period

By John Bartlett

Rewriting history can be a rewarding endeavor. Professor Grant Frame of Penn's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant of $250,000 to continue his work with his project, The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period.


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Australian MPs Condemn Vandalism of Assyrian Genocide Monument
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Dutch Parliament Recognizes Assyrian, Greek and Armenian Genocide
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ISIS Destroys Assyrian Church in Syria
Assyrians Usher in Year 6765 With Trepidation
Documentary on Assyrian Villages in Syria Overrun By ISIS
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Assyrian Patriarch Passes Away
Kurdish Police Arrest Yazidi Demonstrators in Refugee Camps
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•  The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement
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Turkey's Hysterical Reaction to Genocide Recognition
Fleeing ISIS Into Exile, Assyrian Christians Sing the Oldest Music on Earth
Assyrians Driven From the Ruins of Nineveh
In Battle Against ISIS, Saving Lives or Ancient Artifacts
Humanitarian Crisis Grows As Iraqis Flee Anbar Province and ISIS
Coptic Pope To Participate In Marking 100 Years Since Armenian Genocide
Car Bomb Kills Three Outside U.S. Consulate in Iraq's Kurdish Capital
Turkish PM Says Genocide Recognition is 'European Racism'

Editorials »

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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
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

Opinion Editorials »

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
Does the American Government Care About the Assyrians of Iraq?

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