Iraq: Funding Shortfall Deprives Uprooted Iraqis of Health Services

By Omar Al-Jawoshy

Faced with a shortage of funds, international aid agencies have been forced to suspend 84 percent of their health programs in 10 Iraqi provinces, depriving almost three million people of basic medical care, World Health Organization officials said Tuesday. The aid agencies, including the W.H.O.

Islamic Extremists Target Homs, Syria

By Jamie Dettmer

WASHINGTON (VOA) -- Despite facing severe threats in northern Syria from Turkish and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, and Kurdish-led forces threatening their de-facto capital of Raqqa, Islamic State extremists are expanding an offensive in central Syria.

Turkish Raids Raise Iraqi Kurdish Leadership Stakes

Baghdad (AFP) -- Turkey's air strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan have increased the pressure on regional president Massud Barzani, who is a key player in the US-led anti-jihadist war but faces an uncertain political future.

Iraq's Arab Dream

By Victor Argo

"The land you know as Iraq is history." Falah Mustafa Bakir, the unofficial foreign minister of Kurdish Iraq, was very plain when he talked to a German journalist in May of 2005. "There will be no going back to a situation before the summer of 2014.

Turkey's Risky War With the Kurds

By Owen Matthews

Toward the end of July, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went to war. On his orders, 40 jets pounded strongholds in northern Iraq belonging to Kurdish separatists, killing at least 190 militants, according to the Turkish military.

Turkey: ISIS's Hostage Again

By Burak Bekdil

In March 2014, Turkey's main opposition social democratic party submitted a parliamentary motion to investigate alleged failings of safety standards at a coalmine in Soma, in western Turkey. The ruling Islamist party's parliamentary majority voted to reject it.

Priest Feared Kidnapped in Syria Released

(AINA) -- A Franciscan priest who was fear kidnapped three days ago in northeast Syria has been released, according to a report by the Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights. Fr. Dhiya Aziz, 41, is from Iraq and is affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

Assyrian Conference Concludes in Sydney

Sydney (AINA) -- The 2015 Assyria Day Conference, dedicated to helping Assyrians through advocacy, education and communication, concluded on Sunday, June 28.

Assyrians Fleeing Hasaka, Syria

By Bar Daisan

Qamishle, Syria (AINA) -- After some fighting close to the Syrian city of Hasaka in northern Syria, ISIS entered some neighborhoods of the city on June 25. More than 2,000 Assyrian Christian families are among those who escaped to Qamishle via the Turkish border town Nusaybin.

Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria

(AINA) -- A video posted on youtube by the Syriac Military Council (NFS), an Assyrian militia that has been fighting ISIS in Syria, shows members of MFS entering the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram after it has been liberated from ISIS. The video shows massive destruction in the village.

AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack

(AINA) -- AINA's website was the target of a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) which made the site unavailable for more than one week. The attack was launched on June 8 and continued until yesterday. The source of the attack is unknown.

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...

The Slow Death of Detroit's Chaldean Town

By Allan Lengel

Chaldean Town, a neighborhood along E. 7 Mile Road, bounded by Woodward Avenue and John R, was once a vibrant strip that catered to Chaldeans, and was an entry point for many fresh immigrants from Iraq. Many bought houses there and opened businesses. By the 1970s, things were bustling.

AINA News »

Australian Labor Party National Conference Condemns Attempted Genocide of Assyrians in Iraq
Priest Feared Kidnapped in Syria Released
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Calls on Youth to Defend Their Lands in Syria
Assyrian Conference Concludes in Sydney
Assyrians Fleeing Hasaka, Syria
Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria
AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack
ISIS Release Assyrian Hostage in Syria
Assyrian Church Council Postpones Election of New Patriarch, Condemns Persecution
Kurdish Forces Arrest 4 Members for Murder of Assyrian Commander
ISIS Release Two Assyrian Hostages in Syria, All 35 Assyrian Villages Liberated
ISIS Burn Assyrian Woman, 80, in North Iraq
Assyrian Federations Accuse YPG Kurds of Assassinating Assyrian Military Leader
Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria
Indicted Assyrian Attorney Faces Trial

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: Funding Shortfall Deprives Uprooted Iraqis of Health Services
Islamic Extremists Target Homs, Syria
Turkish Raids Raise Iraqi Kurdish Leadership Stakes
Iraq's Arab Dream
Iraq Denounces Kurdish Plan to Annex Sinjar
Turkey's Risky War With the Kurds
Iraq is Rushing to Digitize Its National Library Under the Threat of ISIS
Turkey: ISIS's Hostage Again
Russia 'Kills 8 ISIS Militants' in Caucasus Raid
Islamophobia or Ingratitude?

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?

All Things Assyrian »

An Assyrian City Inhabited Since Fourth Millennium BC
The Slow Death of Detroit's Chaldean Town
Spotlight on the Eastern Churches: The Syriac Orthodox Church
Investigating the Origins of Assyrian Government
Catholic University Exhibit Highlights Assyrian Christian Traditions
Historic Assyrian Church in Turkey's Southeast for Sale
Assyrian Violinist Fled Syria And Found Refuge On The Stage
Superweapon of the Ancient World
Assyrians and the Opening of China
Assyrian Faith Healer Dies At 65 In Moscow
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