Islamic State is a Good Thing for Kurds

By Tariq Basharat

Islamic State (IS) consists of bad people who do bad things to achieve bad aims. However, they exist and whether we like it or not, they must be dealt with. Dealing with them is exactly what the Kurds are doing, and they are doing a wonderful job.

Spying's Hard in Iraq, Even Harder in Syria

By Seán D. Naylor

The United States is being forced to rely on its regional partners to provide intelligence on the Islamic State in Iraq, and particularly Syria, according to a former CIA deputy director. For U.S.

Assyrian Families Escape Hasakah After ISIS Offensive

By Ahmed Shiwesh, Ivana Abdul Halim

Qamishli, Syria -- Subsequent to a major offensive by the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) on the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, some 1300 Christian families have been displaced from the city, the Assyrian Network for Human Rights reported on Monday.

Fighting for the Ruins of Christian Iraq

By Andrew Doran

Telskuf, Iraq (CNN) -- Safaa Elias Jajo, a Chaldean man in his 40s, stands in the wreckage of a home in Telskuf in Iraq's Nineveh province. The home served as ISIS headquarters in this area until a U.S.-led coalition airstrike leveled it last year.

National Museum of Iraq Director Discusses ISIS Destruction of Relics

By Bill Neely and Cheryll Simpson

BAGHDAD -- The director of National Museum of Iraq has revealed that he wept after learning that ISIS had destroyed relics chronicling his country's history. "They're just statues," Haider Oraibi told NBC News. "But for us, they're living things. We came from them, we are part of them.

Array of Combatants Deepens Complexity of Syria's Civil War

(Reuters) -- More than four years into Syria's war, the country is ever more divided into a patchwork of areas controlled by the government or armed groups including Islamist insurgents, Kurdish militia, the ultra-hardline Islamic State, and rebels who profess a more moderate vision for Syria.

Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

By Thomas Seibert

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both...

With 'Caliphate' One Year Old, IS Remains Strong

By Chris Hannas

(VOA) -- Monday marks one year since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State group, declared what he called an Islamic "caliphate" stretching across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq, now one of the deadliest areas on Earth and the focus of an international effort to combat...

Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria

(AINA) -- A video posted on youtube by the Syriac Military Council (NFS), an Assyrian militia that has been fighting ISIS in Syria, shows members of MFS entering the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram after it has been liberated from ISIS. The video shows massive destruction in the village.

AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack

(AINA) -- AINA's website was the target of a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) which made the site unavailable for more than one week. The attack was launched on June 8 and continued until yesterday. The source of the attack is unknown.

ISIS Release Assyrian Hostage in Syria

(AINA) -- ISIS released yesterday one of the 253 Assyrians who were captured in Syria on February 23, when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river, near Hasaka.

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.

Teaching People to Commit Genocide

By Hannibal Travis

(AINA) -- The United Nations often pays lip service to the need to stop educational instruction that could motivate genocidal attacks on national or religious groups.

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 Violinist Fled Syria And Found Refuge On The Stage

By Hayes Brown

WASHINGTON -- Mariela Shaker is singular. A virtuoso, as some have called her. When she takes the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, all eyes will be on her. She is also one of nearly four million.

Superweapon of the Ancient World

The chariot is often associated with the ancient Egyptian civilization. It became a prominent weapon of war during the New Kingdom. In fact, it is often considered a superweapon of the ancient world.


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Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria
AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack
ISIS Release Assyrian Hostage in Syria
Assyrian Church Council Postpones Election of New Patriarch, Condemns Persecution
Kurdish Forces Arrest 4 Members for Murder of Assyrian Commander
ISIS Release Two Assyrian Hostages in Syria, All 35 Assyrian Villages Liberated
ISIS Burn Assyrian Woman, 80, in North Iraq
Assyrian Federations Accuse YPG Kurds of Assassinating Assyrian Military Leader
Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria
Indicted Assyrian Attorney Faces Trial
Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released
Assyrian Girl, 16, Abducted in Baghdad
Documentary Film on the Assyrian Genocide Shown in Sweden
ISIS Demands $23 Million for Assyrian Hostages, Vigil Held in Australia
ISIS Bombs Assyrian, Armenian Churches in Syria

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•  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
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•  The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement
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•  Assyrians In Iraq
•  Description and Significance of the Nestorian Stele in China
•  The Cross and the Lotus

News »

Islamic State is a Good Thing for Kurds
Spying's Hard in Iraq, Even Harder in Syria
Assyrian Families Escape Hasakah After ISIS Offensive
Christians in Mideast Undergoing Systematic Persecution, Says Author
Fighting for the Ruins of Christian Iraq
National Museum of Iraq Director Discusses ISIS Destruction of Relics
Array of Combatants Deepens Complexity of Syria's Civil War
Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS
With 'Caliphate' One Year Old, IS Remains Strong
ISIS Is Selling Looted Art Online for Needed Cash

Editorials »

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
Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day As History Repeats Itself

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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