Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad: Our Worst Fears Have Been Confirmed

By Marta Petrosillo

"We are speechless, because what has happened is utterly shocking. Christians have been in Mosul for centuries, and now these families have been summarily evicted from their city, from their homes, from their lives. We are profoundly concerned for the future of the Christians in this country.

ISIS Making Good on Promise to Kill Christians

By Jennifer Jensen

SAN DIEGO -- The radical Islamic group ISIS is making good on its threats to kill Iraqi Christians who refuse to convert. The crisis is closely being followed by San Diego's Chaldean community, which is the second largest population of Iraqi Christians in the United States.

What Next for Iraq's Christians?

Apart from praying and lamenting, is there anything else that concerned outsiders, such as the Western churches, should be doing to help Christians and other religious minorities in northern Iraq? That is a real question, not least because Iraqi Christian leaders are in a quandary themselves.

Iraqi PM Slams Eviction of Christians From Mosul

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Sunday slammed as criminal acts the displacement of Christian citizens by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group from northern Iraqi city of Mosul, calling for a worldwide unified stand against the militants.

ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles

(AINA) -- More than 200 Assyrian families fled in panic from Mosul on July 17 and 18 as the ISIS deadline for converting to Islam approached (AINA 2014-07-20). ISIS had issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword.

ISIS Statement Ordering Christians to Convert or Die

(AINA) -- ISIS issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city.

ISIS in Mosul Marks Christian Homes, Patriarch Issues Urgent Appeal

(AINA) -- ISIS has begun marking Christian homes with the Arabic letter "n" which stands for the word "Nasrani" which means Christian in Arabic. The word comes from the name "Nestorian," historically attributed to the the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, though it is incorrect.

ISIS Stops Rations for Christians and Shiites in Mosul

(AINA) -- ISIS has ordered government workers to stop giving rations to Christians and Shiites in Mosul, according to a report by Younes Thonon for ankawa.com. The official in charge of distributing rations in the Rifaq neighborhood said he had received orders from ISIS to cut the rations. Mr.

ISIS Removes Cross From Church in Mosul

Mosul (AINA) -- ISIS removed the cross on top of the dome of St. Ephrem Cathedral in the Shoorta neighborhood in Mosul, one week after the church was seized by ISIS members on July 1. St. Ephrem Cathedral is the seat of Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese in Mosul.

Kidnapped Assyrian Nuns Released

(AINA) -- The Assyrian website ankawa.com is reporting that five Assyrians, including two nuns, have been released. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said via telephone the victims are now in the city of Dohuk (Assyrian Noohadra) and in good health. No ransom was paid for their release.

July 8 Report on the Situation in North Iraq

(AINA) -- The Hammurabi Human Rights Organization* has issued its latest report, dated July 8, 2014, on the situation in North Iraq. Mosul All construction work has come to a complete stop and construction workers are now unemployed.

99 Years of Turkish Genocide

(AINA) -- On April 24, 1915 the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians began very simply, without pomp and circumstance. "We have made a clean sweep of the Armenians and Assyrians of Azerbaijan.

Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders

By Augin Haninke

(AINA) -- Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, recently made a historic visit to Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey. It was Barzani's first visits to a city which may well become the capital of a future Kurdish state in Turkey.

Melons for Summer and Soup

By Hilde G. Lee

Many types of melons abound in our markets at this time of year. Although cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon dominate the melon scene, I like casaba melons, which are more difficult to find. The casaba melon, with its slightly cucumber taste, is milder and juicer than a cantaloupe.


AINA News »

ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles
ISIS Statement Ordering Christians to Convert or Die
ISIS in Mosul Marks Christian Homes, Patriarch Issues Urgent Appeal
ISIS Stops Rations for Christians and Shiites in Mosul
ISIS Removes Cross From Church in Mosul
Kidnapped Assyrian Nuns Released
July 8 Report on the Situation in North Iraq
New Assyrian Patriarch Meets Community Leaders in Los Angeles
Water Shortage Crisis in Assyrian Towns in North Iraq
Kurds Provoked Confrontation With ISIS in Iraq: Report
July 2 Report on the Situation in North Iraq
Assyrian NGO, Christian Solidarity International Aiding Iraqis Fleeing Mosul, Baghdede
June 30 Report on the Situation in North Iraq
5 Assyrians, Including Two Nuns, Missing in Mosul
Report on the Situation in North Iraq

Reports »

•  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
•  Between the Barbed Wire: Syrian Christian Refugees in Lebanon
•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2011
•  The Situation of Assyrians in Northern Iraq

Articles »

•  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 »

UN Security Council Denounces Persecution of Iraqi Christians
Coptic Solidarity Urges Immediate International Action on Iraqi Genocide
In Lebanon a Mark of Solidarity With Mosul Christians
Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad: Our Worst Fears Have Been Confirmed
ISIS Making Good on Promise to Kill Christians
What Next for Iraq's Christians?
Iraqi PM Slams Eviction of Christians From Mosul
In Iraq, Rise of Islamic State Deals Blow to Christian Population
Iraqi Bishop Urges Prayer As Christians Expelled From Mosul
Lebanese Cardinal: What Do Moderate Muslims Say About What is Happening to Christians in Mosul?

Editorials »

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
Will a Province for Assyrians Stop Their Exodus From Iraq?
Conference on the Persecution of Assyrians and Other Christians in the Middle East
The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria
Stranded: the Forgotten Assyrians of Al-Thawrah, Syria
Assyrian Businesses, Church Attacked in Baghdad, 2 Killed
Islamist Ultimatum to Syrian Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die

Opinion Editorials »

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'
Assyrian Girl Escapes Muslim Death Threats in Iraq, Fights Cancer in Lebanon
Assyrians Don't Want to Be a Part of a Part of Iraq
Abrogation in Islam and The Persecution of Christians
The Fall of Nineveh is Not Over Yet
Jonah, the Whale, the Assyrians, Christianity and Islam
Denial Flows All the Way to the Turkish Embassy in Canberra

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Between Colors and Cultures
Assyria to Iberia At the Dawn of the Classical Age
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