Turkey Faces Kurdish Quandary in Iraq, Syria

By Semih Idiz

It is not clear whether the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) independence referendum planned for Sept. 25 will go ahead. KRG President Massoud Barzani says it will, but he faces strong opposition from the West on the grounds that it will endanger Iraq's territorial integrity.

Second Assyrian Mayor Illegally Removed By Kurdish Authorities

Tel Kepe, North Iraq (AINA) -- The mayor of Tel Kepe, Basim Bello, was removed from his office on August 3 by the Nineveh Provincial Council. Mr. Bello is the second Assyrian mayor in three weeks to be illegally removed from his office by the Kurdish authorities.

Assyrians in North Iraq Reject Second Mayor Appointed By Kurds

Alqosh, North Iraq (AINA) -- The residents of Alqosh, an Assyrian town in north Iraq, have again rejected the new mayor appointed by the Nineveh Province Council, an entity controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

Yazidis Proclaim the Establishment of a Provisional Government

(AINA) -- Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail, the head of the Supreme Spiritual Council of Ezidikhan, has declared the establishment of a provisional Yazidi government. In a proclamation published on July 25, he calls for Yazidis who were displaced by the ISIS genocide to return to their homelands.

The Unknown Motherland

By Emmanuel Jacob

Near the Old Teacher's College and Women's Sports Centre, facing the front of the Charles Perkins Building, stands a gargantuan statue of Gilgamesh -- the king of Uruk who terrorised his people, battled demons, and sought immortality.

Islamic State Threatens More Bloodshed in Iran

By Erin Cunningham

ISTANBUL -- The Islamic State has stepped up its efforts to target Iran, releasing a stream of propaganda, vowing more bloodshed and boosting recruitment among the country's Sunni minority groups.

Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President

(AINA) -- Former Republican presidential candidate and current Senator from Arizona, John McCain, sent a letter to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani regarding Assyrians in the Kurdish region in north Iraq. In the letter, dated May 25, McCain expresses "...

Australia's Assyrians in Focus

By Peter Ahern

Fairfield, Australia (AINA) -- On Sunday 27 March the Australian Broadcasting Commission presented a special documentary on Australia's Assyrian community as part of the long-running and popular "Compass" series. The Assyrian community is not widely known in Australia.

Iraqi Assyrians Are Racing Against Time

By Joop Koopman

Before Islamic State swept across the Nineveh Plains in the summer of 2014, driving more than 100,000 Christians into exile in Kurdistan, some 5,000 Syriac-Catholic families made their homes on ancient ancestral land in the town of Qaraqosh.

Hungarian Leader: 'It Is a Duty to Help Our Christian Brothers'

By Daniel Blackman

Tamás Török, the former Hungarian ambassador to Italy and current head of the Hungarian government's sub-secretariat for persecuted Christians, spoke exclusively with the Register recently about the latest activities of this unique department.

Assyrians Face 'Biggest, Greatest Challenge' in Iraq

By Stoyan Zaimov

Christians in Iraq are facing their "biggest and greatest challenge" as they return to their homelands freed from the Islamic State, according to human rights activists. The very future of Christianity in its cradle is on the line.

Trump's Immigration Order and Christianity

By Peter Ahern

Debate has raged since President Donald Trump announced his executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States of residents from seven Muslim-majority countries. This involves a temporary halt in the United States refugee program.

The Unknown Motherland

By Emmanuel Jacob

Near the Old Teacher's College and Women's Sports Centre, facing the front of the Charles Perkins Building, stands a gargantuan statue of Gilgamesh -- the king of Uruk who terrorised his people, battled demons, and sought immortality.

Jonah and the Eclipse in Ancient Nineveh

By Tom Hobson

As we await the eclipse of 2017 AD, this post examines the possibility that the dramatic repentance of Nineveh in Jonah 3:1-10 may have been galvanized by a total solar eclipse there that dates to June 15, 763 BC, during the probable lifetime of Jonah.


AINA News

Second Assyrian Mayor Illegally Removed By Kurdish Authorities
Assyrians in North Iraq Reject Second Mayor Appointed By Kurds
Yazidis Proclaim the Establishment of a Provisional Government
Dutch Parliament Members Express Concern About Kurds Marginalizing Assyrians
Assyrian Man Kidnapped, Killed in Syria
Assyrians Protest Removal of Mayor By Kurdish Government
Swedish EU Parliamentarian Accuses Kurds of Treason Against Assyrians
Assyrian Organizations Condemn Turkey's Seizure of Assyrian Properties
Assyrian Football Teams in Sweden Tell of a Changing Community
Turkey Says it Cancelled Decision to Seize Assyrian Churches and Monasteries
Assyrian Confederation of Europe Rejects Brussels Conference
Assyrian Church of the East to Boycott EU Conference on Future of Nineveh Plains
EU Conference on Nineveh Plains Favors Kurds, Marginalizes Assyrians
Assyrian Groups to Boycott EU Conference on Future of Nineveh Plains
3 Year-old Assyrian Girl Kidnapped By ISIS Reunited With Her Mother

Reports

•  Understanding Recent Movements of Christians from Syria and Iraq
•  The Hopes And Fears Of Religious Minorities In Northern Iraq
•  Assyrians Under Kurdish Rule: The Situation in Northeastern Syria
•  Untying the Knots of Religious Diversity in Iraqi Kurdistan
•  The Protection Needs Of Minorities From Syria and Iraq
•  ISIS Genocide of Middle Eastern Christians and Its Jizya Propaganda Ploy
•  Impact and Significance of the Christian Presence in Syria and Iraq during the Current Crisis
•  Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East
•  ISIS Genocide in North Iraq
•  The Assyrian Property Issue In Turkey
•  The State of Iraq's Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul
•  The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Miinorities in Iraq

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

Turkey Faces Kurdish Quandary in Iraq, Syria
Syriac Catholic Patriarch Says West Has 'Betrayed' Christian Minorities
Did ISIS Inadvertently Uncover the Secret to the "lost" Hanging Gardens of Babylon?
Islamic State Threatens More Bloodshed in Iran
Thousands Flee As Iraq Steps Up Airstrikes on IS-held Town
Iraqi Assyrians Are Racing Against Time
Hungarian Leader: 'It Is a Duty to Help Our Christian Brothers'
Assyrians Face 'Biggest, Greatest Challenge' in Iraq
Pressure Mounts to Roll Back Kurdish Independence Referendum
Christian Converts Leave Iran for Turkey, Claiming Persecution

Editorials

German Recognition of Armenian, Assyrian Genocide: History and Politics
Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President
Turkey Attempted to Stop Broadcast of Assyrian Genocide Documentary
Australia's Assyrians in Focus
US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups
Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
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

Opinion Editorials

EU Conference on Nineveh Plains Favors Kurds, Marginalizes Assyrians
Trump's Immigration Order and Christianity
The Winds of Change Are Blowing in Europe
Erdoğan's Gambit for Mosul
The Genocide of Assyrians and Yazidis and the Next American President
Is Obama Fast-tracking Mosul Offensive to Save His Legacy?
Why France? It's in the Math
Terrorist Strikes and the Blame Game
Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women
Refugees: It's Time to Be Discriminating

All Things Assyrian

The Unknown Motherland
Jonah and the Eclipse in Ancient Nineveh
Sacred Music From Syria
First Baptism in 150 Years At Turkish Church
2,700-year-old Assyrian-era Reservoir Unearthed in Israel
The Forgotten Assyrian Queen
Get Soaked At Assyrian Water Festival
Saint Thaddeus and the Assyrians
Eclipses and Fire-eating Dragons
Assyrian Writer Honored in Iran
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