Syria Blames Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for Deadly Bombings

(BBC) -- The Syrian government has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of being behind a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh. The state-run news agency Sana said the attacks constituted a "serious escalation", and were aimed at derailing peace efforts.

Syrian Kurds Divided on Relations With Iraqi Kurds

By Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Two major Kurdish parties, the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) reached an agreement on May 17, in order to counterbalance the dominance of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iraqi Kurdistan.

ISIS Attack Assyrian District in Syria, Five Killed

(AINA) -- An attack by ISIS in the al-Wusta district of Qamishle, Syria killed at least five persons, three of them Assyrians, and injured more than a dozen. This is the third time al-Wusta, inhabited almost exclusively by Assyrians, has been attacked (AINA 2016-01-24).

How Americans, Kurds and Assyrians Fought Off ISIS

By Robert Ewan

(AINA) -- On May 3, in one of the biggest offensives by ISIS in months, ISIS fighters broke through Kurdish and Assyrian (Nineveh Plain Protection Units, NPU) defenses in the deserted Assyrian village of Telsquf, 17 miles from the militant stronghold of Mosul. The attack started at 5.30 A.M.

The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Besides the well-known National Defence Forces (NDF) that were set up in 2012 with oversight from Iran to act as a counter-insurgency force and auxiliary militia network for the Syrian army, there exists a similarly named but distinct set of militias specific to the Aleppo area known as the Local...

Syria's Catholic and Orthodox Children to Pray Together for Peace

By John Newton and Eva-Maria Kolmann

Children from Syria's different Christian denominations will be joining together to pray for peace in the country on International Children's Day. The plan, which is being backed by Syrian Church leaders, was described in a joint message from the country's Catholic and Orthodox Patriarchs.

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.

US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups

(AINA) -- There are reports in the media that state the Obama Administration will designate ISIS's attacks on Yazidis in Iraq as genocide, without giving the same designation to ISIS's attacks on Assyrians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even though these attacks targeted both groups and...

Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On June 10, 2014 ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. On August 7, 2014 ISIS drove into the Nineveh Plains north and east of Mosul, causing nearly 200,000 Assyrians to flee their villages.

Chaldean Patriarch Urges US Not to Arm 'Christian Militias'

Christian anti-Islamic State forces in Iraq are set to benefit from a defence spending bill headed for authorisation by the US Congress and Senate, justifying this action as part of the fight against the self-proclaimed jihadist "Islamic State" (Daesh) and as a concrete result of the statement with...

Christian Forces in Iraq: Help Us Save Christianity

By Ryan Mauro

A spokesman and soldier with an Assyrian Christian defense force in Iraq has a message for the people and church of America in an interview with the Clarion Project: We need your help if Christianity is to be saved in the Middle East.

Bombs, Rockets Tear Through Syrian Regime Strongholds

DAMASCUS -- A series of coordinated explosions including suicide bombings rocked two normally quiet coastal strongholds of Syrian President Bashar Assad Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said.

Terrorist Strikes and the Blame Game

By Peter Ahern

(AINA) -- Europe is counting the cost of the latest Islamist terrorist strikes. Two explosions at Zaventem airport in Brussels, with an accompanying explosion at Maelbeek metro station in the heart of the city, have left over 30 dead and dozens seriously injured.

Assyrian Doctor Honored By Chamber

By Alex Tekip

WEST BLOOMFIELD -- Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha has garnered national and international recognition for her role in exposing the link between Flint river water and lead poisoning, and advocating for the children and families of Flint affected by the water crisis.


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Teaching People to Commit Genocide
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