Syrian Army Closes in on City Near Lebanese Border

(Reuters) -- The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, closed in on the city of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon on Friday, a Lebanese security source said, and Syrian media said at least 20 insurgents had been killed in the battles to seize high ground.

Assyrian Christians Flee Jihadists to Southeast Turkey

A harsh Islamic State offensive begun in late February against Syria's dwindling Assyrian Christian population is accelerating a steady trickle of Christian refugees trying desperately to reach safety in Turkey, northern Iraq and Lebanon.

Captured IS Militants Explain Why They Fought

By Zana Omer

AL-MALIKIYAH, SYRIA (VOA) -- The Islamic State fighter spoke softly, his voice unbroken by adolescence. A prisoner of Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units) forces, he sent a message to his family asking for forgiveness. "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me.

The New Exodus: Christians Flee ISIS in the Middle East

By Janine Di Giovanni and Conor Gaffey

Before jihadists overran this mountain town in 2013, Maaloula was one of the oldest Christian communities in Syria, where Western Aramaic--the language of Jesus Christ--is still spoken.

Assyrian Patriarch Passes Away

Chicago (AINA) -- The Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Khanania Dinkha IV, died Thursday at 10:04 AM at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The cause of death was a virus infection and pneumonia.

Kurdish Police Arrest Yazidi Demonstrators in Refugee Camps

(AINA) -- According to a report by ankawa.com, dozens of Yazidis in a number of refugee camps in Dohuk province were arrested by Kurdish police on Tuesday, March 24, after trying to demonstrate in conjunction with Yazidi demonstrations in Brussels.

Armenian Government Recognizes Turkish Genocide of Assyrians and Greeks

Yerevan (AINA) -- The Armenian National Assembly voted today to recognize the genocide of Assyrians and Greeks that was committed by Ottoman Turks during World War One, between 1915 and 1923. The genocide claimed the lives of 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.

UNHRC Conference Addresses ISIS Attacks on Assyrians, Yazidis

Geneva (AINA) -- On Friday, March 20th the Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq brought together a robust showing of Permanent Missions to the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, including the United States, the Russian Federation, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Armenia, Ireland and Canada, among others.

ISIS Destroys Assyrian Churches, Hostages Still Being Held

(AINA) -- ISIS has posted pictures, on its twitter accounts, of its members destroying the St. George Monastery in Mosul. The pictures show ISIS members using sledgehammers to smash crosses and icons, and removing the cross from the dome and replacing it with the black ISIS flag.

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...

The Men Who Uncovered Assyria

(BBC) -- Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures.


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•  The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement
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•  Assyrians In Iraq
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Syrian Army Closes in on City Near Lebanese Border
Assyrian Christians Flee Jihadists to Southeast Turkey
Ban Urges Action to End Violence Against Religious, Ethnic Minorities in Middle East
Captured IS Militants Explain Why They Fought
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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
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Opinion Editorials »

The Middle East and Its Grim Near-Future Development
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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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