Iraq is Bankrolling ISIL

By Howard Schultz

Last week ISIL took control of the Iraqi city Ramadi and the Syrian city Palmyra, advances that the Iraqi government perversely subsidized. Iraq continues to fund ISIL by continuing salaries to the many Iraqi government employees who live in ISIL-controlled territory.

US Secretary of Defense: Iraq Lacks Will to Fight Islamic State

By Andrew V. Pestano

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said the Islamic State's capture of the city of Ramadi illustrates that the Iraqi military lacks the will to fight. "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter told CNN. "They were not outnumbered.

Iraqi Forces Fled Ramadi Without a Fight

By Tom Vanden Brook

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi security forces fled Ramadi without putting up a fight, despite holding as much as a 10-to-1 advantage over Islamic State militants, according to two senior U.S. defense officials.

Top Muslim Body Urges Protection of Syria's Palmyra

(AFP) -- Leading Sunni Muslim body Al-Azhar said Sunday the world must unite in a "battle of all humanity" to prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group from destroying Syria's ancient city of Palmyra.

Iraqi Oil Holds Key to Unity

According to Iraq's deputy prime minister in charge of energy, the country is close to completing a comprehensive deal over how Iraq's oil resources are managed. Before the deal is sealed, there are several political challenges with Iraqi Kurdistan that remain.

Kurdish Forces In Syria Continue To Recruit Child Soldiers

RMELAN -- After being called out by rights groups last summer, Kurdish military forces pledged to end their use of child soldiers and to protect them from armed conflict. But 10 months later, witnesses and relatives say Kurdish forces continue to recruit schoolchildren.

Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria

(AINA) -- An Assyrian priest and deacon were kidnapped yesterday in Homs, Syria. According to witnesses, two armed men riding a motorcycle entered the grounds of the Mar Ilyan al-Sharqi monastery of the Assyrian Catholic Church at about 3 PM.

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.

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 »

Assyrian Federations Accuse YPG Kurds of Assassinating Assyrian Military Leader
Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria
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

Reports »

•  The State of Iraq's Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul
•  The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Miinorities in Iraq
•  The Assyrians: a People without Rights
•  Minorities of Nineveh Plain and the Demand for a Safe Haven
•  Facing Annihilation: Innocent Assyrian victims of an unfolding Genocide
•  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

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 »

Iraq is Bankrolling ISIL
Renovated Assyrian Protestant Church in Turkey to Open Soon
US Secretary of Defense: Iraq Lacks Will to Fight Islamic State
Iraqi Forces Fled Ramadi Without a Fight
Top Muslim Body Urges Protection of Syria's Palmyra
UN Envoy Meets Assyrian, Turkmen Representatives in Syria
ISIS Secures Its Hold on Iraq-Syria Border
Iraqi Oil Holds Key to Unity
Kurdish Forces In Syria Continue To Recruit Child Soldiers
Syria Says Islamic State Kills Hundreds, Including Children, in Palmyra

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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Aramaic is Revolutionizing and Transforming the Study of the Old and New Testaments
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