Assyrians in San Jose Hold Prayer Vigil for Embattled Countrymen in Syria

By Patrick May

SAN JOSE -- As their embattled fellow Assyrians in Syria are being held hostage and seeing their villages taken over by Islamic State fighters, local expats in San Jose gathered Friday night for a prayer vigil to offer spiritual support and call for the United States to come to their rescue.

Allah Versus Kentucky Fried Chicken

By Mokhtar Awad, Samuel Tadros

It must have seemed like a perfectly normal day for 18-year-old Boula Fawzy as he was wrapping up his shift in the KFC branch in the Egyptian town of Quesna. Fresh from high school, he had been forced to work like many young Egyptians in order to help his family.

ISIL Attacks on Christians Part of 'Silent Genocide'

By Sarah Lynch

CAIRO -- As the fate of more than 250 Christians abducted by the Islamic State in Syria remains unknown, frightened fellow Christians are fleeing in search of a safe haven in a region known for persecuting them.

Assyrians and Kurds Unified Against ISIS

By Ibrahim Ali

Tel Temir, Syria -- The Kurdish village of Qasimiya is currently sheltering dozens of displaced Assyrian families who left their hometown of Hemun neat Tel Temir in northeastern Syria, following attacks by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).

ISIS: Christians Worse Than Murderers

By Asra Q. Nomani

This week's alleged kidnapping of 90 Syrian Christians sent shock waves around the world, but the young men of the Islamic State have been flagging for months now a simple idea: They follow an interpretation of Islam that blesses a 7th-century Quranic war strategy (9:5) to "capture and besiege"...

The Barbaric Destruction of Iraq's Ancient Artefacts is a War Crime

By Haifa Zangana

The Islamic State (Isis) in Mosul, in the north of Iraq, has released footage showing a group of zealous men smashing with sledgehammers what seem to be ancient artefacts (the Assyrian protective deity in the form of a winged bull is genuine while the rest are thought to be replicas).

Up to 373 Assyrians Captured By ISIS, Executions Have Begun

Hasaka, Syria (AINA) -- According to Assyrian leaders in Hasaka, the number of Assyrians captured by ISIS is as high as 373. There are 150 confirmed captives whose names are known. Various news agencies reporting today raised the number of captured Assyrians to 250.

Assyrian Hostages in Syria Are 'Safe', Says ISIS Member

Hasaka, Syria (AINA) -- ISIS attacked several Assyrian villages in Syria yesterday, killing 4 Assyrian guards and kidnapping more than 90 Assyrian men, women and children, and destroying at least 4 churches (AINA 2015-02-23).

Syrian Kurdish Militia Arrests Assyrians, Including a Priest

Hasaka, Syria (AINA) -- Nearly 400 Asayish (Kurdish security) members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria surrounded the Malikiyya neighborhood yesterday and arrested 10 Assyrians and Christians, including an Assyrian a priest, members of the Malikiyya Social Commission, a Christian...

Armenian Ambassador Addresses Assyrians in Sweden

Sodertalje (AINA) -- The Armenian ambassador to Sweden, Mr Artak Apitonian, was the keynote speaker at an Assyrian commemoration event on Sunday, February. The day marks the commemoration of Naum Faik, an Assyrian national hero and one of the fathers of Assyrian nationalism.

The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Tuesday, 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.

Why the Western Diagnosis of the Syrian Conflict Is Wrong

By Mark Tomass

(AINA) -- The dominant Western narrative that has framed the Syrian conflict as that of a "tyrant killing his people" suffers from a fatal misunderstanding of the sectarian and political structure of Syrian society.

ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer

By Nahren Anweya

(AINA) -- We have been witnessing the most horrendous and catastrophic events that have taken place in the Middle East since the Turks and Kurds conducted the genocide in World War One against the Assyrians, Armenians, and Greeks.

From High School Dropout to Top Couture Designer

By Rosaline Walters

Thomas Lazar left high school in Year 11 but today, the Edensor Park designer has been chosen to show his couture gowns at one of Australia's most prestigious fashion shows -- Fashion ­Palette.


AINA News »

Negotiations for the Release of Assyrians Captured By ISIS Still Ongoing
The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria
Up to 373 Assyrians Captured By ISIS, Executions Have Begun
Assyrians Captured By ISIS Now At 150, Negotiations for Their Release in Progress
Assyrian Hostages in Syria Are 'Safe', Says ISIS Member
ISIS Attacks Assyrian Villages in Syria, 4 Killed, Dozens Captured, Churches Burned
Syrian Kurdish Militia Arrests Assyrians, Including a Priest
Why the Western Diagnosis of the Syrian Conflict Is Wrong
Armenian Ambassador Addresses Assyrians in Sweden
ISIS Threatens Assyrians in Syria, Women and Children Evacuated
ISIS Opens Market in Mosul for Stolen Assyrian Property
ISIS Enters Assyrian Town in Syria, Removes Church Cross
ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer
Assyrians in Sweden March for Genocide Recognition
Multiculturalism and the Overturning of Traditional Loyalties

Reports »

•  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

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 »

Lebanon Parties Decry ISIS Crimes Against Minorities
Assyrians in San Jose Hold Prayer Vigil for Embattled Countrymen in Syria
Allah Versus Kentucky Fried Chicken
ISIL Attacks on Christians Part of 'Silent Genocide'
Assyrians and Kurds Unified Against ISIS
Assyrian and Kurdish Militias in Syria Fight to Free Kidnapped Families
USCIRF Condemns Abduction of More Than 200 Assyrian Christians and Urges Their Immediate Release
ISIS: Christians Worse Than Murderers
The Barbaric Destruction of Iraq's Ancient Artefacts is a War Crime
The Use and Abuse of Syrian Christians

Editorials »

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
Newly Elected Assyrian Patriarch Wants to Commemorate Genocide Centennial

Opinion Editorials »

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?
The Origin and Meaning of Assyrian Martyrs Day
Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders

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California Lavash: Ancient, Exotic, Versatile
Aramaic is Revolutionizing and Transforming the Study of the Old and New Testaments
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Sleep and Empire
Assyrian School Celebrates 40 Years of Teaching
Assyrian Christian Influences on Early Japanese Buddhism
Christmas in Baghdad -- 100 Years Ago
Diane Pathieu Featured in 'Assyrian Stars' Magazine
Assyrian Christian College Students Fill Food Hampers
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