Islamic State: How it is Run

By Aidan Lewis

(BBC) -- In a ground mission in eastern Syria last weekend, US special forces killed Abu Sayyaf, a man they described as playing a key role in Islamic State's oil and gas operations. The American commandos were quickly engaged in a firefight, during which Abu Sayyaf was killed.

Why Obama Deserves the Bulk of the Blame for Iraq

By Charles Krauthammer

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State group coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who's in charge -- while the U.S.

Kurdish and Assyrian Forces Regain Assyrian Villages From Jihadists

By Haitham Haji and Redwan Bizar

Sere Kaniye, Syria -- Subsequent to fierce battles with the Islamic State group (IS/ISIL), the Kurdish forces of the People's Protection Units (YPG) regained control of new villages at the banks of Khabur River near the town of Tel Temir in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, media sources...

Egypt's Copts Praise Sisi But Await More Tangible Support

By Stephen Kalin

AL-OUR, Egypt (Reuters) -- When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi dispatched fighter jets this year against Islamic State targets in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of 21 Copts, he sent a powerful message to his country's Christian minority.

The Caliphate Strikes Back

For months Iraqis were told that Islamic State (IS) was on the way out. In April Haider al-Abadi, the prime minister, declared he had won the "psychological battle" after chasing the jihadists from Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's old hometown.

American Ex-trainer Sees Fatal Flaws for Iraqi Forces

By Jacqueline Klimas

A U.S. soldier who helped train some of the first post-Saddam Hussein Iraqi forces in 2004 said the nation's soldiers are likelier to lay down their weapons and flee in the face of a fight because the force is largely devoid of leadership and operating under a fractured government.

Indicted Assyrian Attorney Faces Trial

Chicago (AINA) -- Hundreds of supporters are expected to attend the trial of Assyrian-American attorney Robert DeKelaita. DeKelaita faces federal immigration fraud charges alleging that the long-time activist has falsified accounts of Christian persecution in Iraq.

Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released

(AINA) -- Juliana George, a 16 year-old Assyrian girl who was kidnapped from her home in Baghdad 9 days ago (AINA 2015-05-12), was released yesterday after a $55,000 ransom was paid. According to her father, George, Juliana was badly frightened by the experience but was not apparently mistreated.

Assyrian Girl, 16, Abducted in Baghdad

Baghdad (AINA) -- A 16 year-old Assyrian girl, Juliana George, was abducted from her home in Baghdad 7 days ago. A person knocked on the door of her home and when she answered she was abducted by 4 men and placed into a taxi which sped away.

ISIS Demands $23 Million for Assyrian Hostages, Vigil Held in Australia

(AINA) -- Assyrian church leader are reporting that ISIS has rejected a ransom offer for the 230 Assyrians it captured on February 23 in the Hasaka province of Syria (AINA 2015-02-23). 253 Assyrians were captured in the initial attacks on the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river.

ISIS Bombs Assyrian, Armenian Churches in Syria

(AINA) -- According to reports from Syria and also the Turkish press, ISIS has bombed two churches in Syria, the St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal and the St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo. The churches were bombed yesterday.

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...

Hamilton's Assyrians Have Youngest Church Reader in World

By Carmela Fragomeni

Hamilton, Ontario -- At Hamilton's St. Mari Assyrian Church, parishioners endearingly call George Hashimoto, 13, their "small deacon." "We're proud of him," says Evette Haddad. "He's unique, so we gave him that little title." George is the church's "Old Testament Reader.


AINA News »

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
Assyrian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Sweden
Assyrians Call on Turkey's President to Recognize Armenian Genocide
Pictures of Genocide Centennial Rallies Throughout the World
Reflections on the Assyrian Genocide and the Next 100 Years
The Assyrian Genocide As Part of the Christian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire
The Assyrian Genocide: 100 Years of Denial
German President Recognizes Assyrian, Greek, Armenian Genocide
The Assyrian Genocide: Turkey's Wholesale Slaughter and Extermination
Assyrian Military Leader Killed 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
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•  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 »

Islamic State: How it is Run
Why Obama Deserves the Bulk of the Blame for Iraq
Kurdish and Assyrian Forces Regain Assyrian Villages From Jihadists
Islamic State Extremists Execute 65 Civilians North Syria
Syrian Assyrian Towns Recaptured As Islamic State Gains Land
Court Documents Show Turkish Government Armed Islamists in Syria
Egypt's Copts Praise Sisi But Await More Tangible Support
The Caliphate Strikes Back
American Ex-trainer Sees Fatal Flaws for Iraqi Forces
U.S. To Deliver Antitank Weapons As Criticism Of Iraq Strategy Grows

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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