U.S. International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory. In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs.

Iraq Appears Split Into Three States

By Jim Michaels

Ever since U.S. forces invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, the U.S. government has worried that Iraq would splinter into three states -- each representing the feuding religious and ethnic factions the dictator held together through his iron rule.

Iraq: A Rich Past and Uncertain Future

By Adrianne Hill

Iraq is the cradle of civilization, and its name is derived from Uruk, one of the most important cities in ancient Mesopotamia and the origin of the concept of the city.

France Offers Asylum To Iraqi Christians

France says it is ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by Islamic extremists ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death.

UN Condemns Terrorist Oil Sales From Iraq, Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and is reminding all countries that buying this illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.

U.S. General: Iraq Air Strikes Still a Possibility

Gen. Martin Dempsey says U.S. military advisers could join Iraqi ground units on the front lines against Islamic extremists if the Baghdad government shows it can unite to hold the Iraqi state together. However, U.S.

Assyrians in U.S., Holland, Germany Demonstrate Against ISIS

(AINA) -- Assyrians in Germany and the Netherlands held demonstrations today against the Islamic State (ISIS), which captured the city of Mosul, Iraq on June 10 and began a systematic persecution of Assyrians, Shiites, Yazidis and Shabak -- all non-Sunni groups.

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.

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.


AINA News »

Six Assyrian Students Detained, Tortured By Kurdish Intelligence Service
Assyrians in U.S., Holland, Germany Demonstrate Against ISIS
Assyrian Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Delivers Message on Crisis in Mosul
100 French MPs Demonstrate in Support of Assyrians in Mosul
ISIS, Kurds Clash Near Assyrian Town, 2000 Assyrian Families Driven From Mosul
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

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

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•  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 »

U.S. International Religious Freedom Report for 2013
Iraq Appears Split Into Three States
Iraqi Christians Brave Heat to Demand Help From United Nations
Vatican Prelate Voices Fears for Iraqi Christians, During Visit to California
Iraq: A Rich Past and Uncertain Future
Christians Flee Syria As Religious Persecution Displaces Millions in 2013
France Offers Asylum To Iraqi Christians
UN Condemns Terrorist Oil Sales From Iraq, Syria
U.S. General: Iraq Air Strikes Still a Possibility
Ireland's Archbishop Urges Prayer for Christians in Iraq

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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