How the U.S. Dropped These Gory Propaganda Leaflets Over Syria

By Dan Lamothe

The image is stark and bloody, like something out of a graphic novel. It depicts a monstrous-looking member of the Islamic State militant group urging a frightened young man to step forward, as another militant shoves a man head-first through a meat grinder.

Lawmakers Trade Blows in Iraqi Kurdish Parliament

Arbil, Iraq (AFP) --Lawmakers exchanged blows in the Iraqi Kurdish parliament during a debate Wednesday on extending the mandate of the autonomous region's president, Massud Barzani, an official said.

U.S. Drops Propaganda Bomb on ISIL

By Tom Vanden Brook

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has launched a propaganda program in Syria aimed at creating fissures among Islamic State fighters by dropping 60,000 leaflets at the center of the militants' power base.

UK to Train Syrian Opposition to Fight IS Group

(AFP) -- Britain will train Syrian "moderate opposition forces" in Turkey and other regional countries as part of international efforts to fight Islamic State militants, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Thursday.

Turkish Cartoonists Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Erdogan

Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture "insulting" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Iraq Inches Toward 3-Way Split

By Yaroslav Trofimov

KARBALA, Iraq -- Jassem Abbas spent the past several months sleeping on the floor of a mosque that has become a scabies-infested refugee camp. But he won't return to his once-comfortable home in Iraq's northern city of Mosul even if it is liberated from Islamic State one day.

Water Being Used As a Weapon in the Middle East, Red Cross Warns

By Lucy Westcott

Water supplies are being targeted by fighters in Syria and Iraq and water systems in the Middle East are approaching breaking point due to conflicts there, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) warned in a report released on Wednesday.

We're Losing the War Against Radical Islam

By Newt Gingrich

On Tuesday, the House Committee on Homeland Security, under the leadership of Chairman Michael McCaul, held the first of a series of very important hearings on the threat of radical Islamism.

Syria, Iraq Conflicts Push Asylum Claims to 22-Year High

By Lisa Schlein

GENEVA (VOA) -- Wars in Syria and Iraq have pushed the number of asylum claims in industrialized countries to a 22-year high, and the United Nations refugee agency found asylum applications in 2014 increased dramatically from the previous year.

Kurdish Police Arrest Yazidi Demonstrators in Refugee Camps

(AINA) -- According to a report by ankawa.com, dozens of Yazidis in a number of refugee camps in Dohuk province were arrested by Kurdish police on Tuesday, March 24, after trying to demonstrate in conjunction with Yazidi demonstrations in Brussels.

Armenian Government Recognizes Turkish Genocide of Assyrians and Greeks

Yerevan (AINA) -- The Armenian National Assembly voted today to recognize the genocide of Assyrians and Greeks that was committed by Ottoman Turks during World War One, between 1915 and 1923. The genocide claimed the lives of 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.

UNHRC Conference Addresses ISIS Attacks on Assyrians, Yazidis

Geneva (AINA) -- On Friday, March 20th the Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq brought together a robust showing of Permanent Missions to the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, including the United States, the Russian Federation, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Armenia, Ireland and Canada, among others.

ISIS Destroys Assyrian Churches, Hostages Still Being Held

(AINA) -- ISIS has posted pictures, on its twitter accounts, of its members destroying the St. George Monastery in Mosul. The pictures show ISIS members using sledgehammers to smash crosses and icons, and removing the cross from the dome and replacing it with the black ISIS flag.

Assyrians Demonstrate in Istanbul

(AINA) -- Assyrian held a demonstration yesterday in Istanbul's Freedom Square to protest ISIS attacks on Assyrians in Khabur, Syria. Despite the heavy rain, more than 200 people participated in the protest in the center of the city.

A Letter to Obama From an Assyrian American Student

(AINA) -- Assyrians held a rally in Chicago yesterday to call attention to the plight of Assyrians in Syria and Iraq. In Iraq ISIS destroyed a third Assyrian archaeological site, the city of Khorsabad, more than 2700 years old.

The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Monday, February 23 ISIS attacked 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hassaka province in northeast Syria (AINA 2015-02-23). At least 9 Assyrians fighters were killed defending their villages. Up to 373 Assyrians were captured.

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 Men Who Uncovered Assyria

(BBC) -- Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures.


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