ISIS Fails to Take Iraq's Oil-rich Kirkuk

The Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by the coalition air force on Wednesday repelled a major attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according to sources from the city.

Turkish Christians, Migrants and Refugees Waiting for Pope Francis

Istanbul -- What Church is waiting for Francis in Turkey? One that is smaller than the smallest of seeds, a small and varied Christian community that is getting smaller and smaller: about 120,000 Christians, or 0.15 per cent, living scattered in tiny communities amid 76 million people.

Assyrians in California Collect Winter Gear for Iraqi Refugees

By Sabra Stafford

On a long table in a back room at the Assyrian American Civic Club volunteer Melinda Khubiar is busy sorting through winter wear that could soon prove to be life-saving equipment for the Christians seeking refuge in the mountainous regions of Iraq.

Isis Threatens Future Oil Supplies, Warns IEA

By Ed Crooks and Borzou Daragahi

Fatih Birol, chief economist of the Paris-based International Energy Agency, said the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, was causing the agency to reassess its expectations of crude supplies because the Islamist group was deterring investment in production.

What Are the Chances of a Political Solution for Syria?

By Akram al-Bunni

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura made a proposal to reach local truces in the country, starting with freezing the fighting in Aleppo, paving the way for negotiations and lifting the siege on regions that have lost the most basic necessities of life.

Kurds, Shiites Contest Iraqi Territory Regained From ISIS

By Frances Martel

In the towns where the Kurdish Peshmerga military, the Iraqi military, and ad-hoc Shiite militias have succeeded in eliminating the Sunni terrorist group the Islamic State, that power vacuum has led to contests between Kurds and Arabs over who is in charge of picking up the pieces.

Assyrian Homes Being Looted By Kurdish Forces

(AINA) -- Residents of Telsqof, an Assyrian town that was captured by ISIS and liberated by Kurdish forces three months ago, are reporting that their homes are being looted by Kurdish forces, who are in control of the town. According to a report by ankawa.

Assyrian Genocide Exhibition to Open in New York

Yonkers, New York (AINA) -- The Assyrian American Association of Yonkers, in conjunction with the Museum of Human Rights Freedom and Tolerance, will present an exhibition on the massacre of Assyrians in Iraq.

Assyrian Monastery Saved From Kurdish Vandal

Turabdin, Turkey (AINA) -- An ancient Assyrian monastery dating back to early days of Christianity has been saved from destruction in Turkey's south eastern region. The monastery is known as Deir Haddadke or Saint Aho and is situated a few miles outside the town of Midyat.

Assyrian Describes ISIS Takeover of His City in North Iraq

(AINA) -- A video recorded by the World Council of Churches shows an Assyria man telling of his flight from his village as ISIS swept into the Nineveh Plain, north of Mosul. The man identifies himself as Ayad, from the town of Tel Kepe, north of Mosul.

The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Wednesday, August 20 five Patriarchs from the Middle East visited Arbel in north Iraq to show support for the beleaguered Assyrian Christian community (AINA 2014-08-21) and to call attention to the cultural genocide that is being committed against it by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination

By Yeghig Tashjian

(AINA) -- As World War I broke out, the Turkish government implemented the plan to destroy the Christian communities within its empire. Around 2 million (1,500,000 Armenians, 750,000 Assyrians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks) were massacred and others deported from their ancestral lands.

Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous

By Konstantin Sabo

(AINA) -- Almost on a daily basis we are hear unthinkable and heartbreaking news about the cruelties that the Islamic State (ISIS) is committing in North Iraq, particularly against Assyrians and Yazidis. The Nineveh Plain is an area north of Mosul.

Students Honored for Language Skills

By Nan Austin

Modesto, California -- Stanislaus County was the first county in the nation to offer a gold seal for students proficient in another language through its Office of Education. Now in its fourth year, the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency program recognized 154 students this year.


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Assyrian Mother and Three Sons Murdered in Baghdad
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•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2013
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Turkish Christians, Migrants and Refugees Waiting for Pope Francis
Assyrians in California Collect Winter Gear for Iraqi Refugees
Kurds Control Iraq Internet Due to Baghdad Bureaucracy
Isis Threatens Future Oil Supplies, Warns IEA
What Are the Chances of a Political Solution for Syria?
Kurds, Shiites Contest Iraqi Territory Regained From ISIS
Isis Execute Two Female Parliamentary Candidates in Mosul

Editorials »

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
99 Years of Turkish Genocide
Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?
Turkey's Role in the Kidnapping of the Syrian Bishops

Opinion Editorials »

Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination
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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
The West Must Not Ignore the Plight of Christians in the Muslim World
The Kurds: Victims and Oppressors
Barzani Calls Assyrian Massacre Victims 'Kurds'
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