Long Persecuted, Assyrians Find Safe Haven in California

By Alice Daniel

Inside the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock there's a large banquet hall, a catering company and a radio station that broadcasts Assyrian music. "The music that you're hearing, this is the original language. We speak the modern Aramaic dialect," says the club's president Sam David.

Iraq Forces Converge on Mosul Airport

(AFP) -- Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way to Mosul airport Monday as they prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank.

British Archaeologists Assess Damage to Nimrud

British Museum-trained Iraqi archaeologists are to assess the historic site of Nimrud, which was destroyed by Islamic State. Jihadists bulldozed and looted the Assyrian capital as part of a campaign to wipe out traces of pre-Islamic cultures.

Turkey Removed Assyrian Sculpture From Public Square

Diyarbakir (AINA) -- Turkish authorities removed an Assyrian sculpture from a public square on January 8. The sculpture, an Assyrian winged bull known as a Lamassu, was in front of the local council building in Diyarbakir. No explanation has been provided by the Turkish government.

Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East

(AINA) -- Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, has published a book titled After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East. The book explores the state and future of the Christians of the Middle East. Dr.

Legendary Assyrian American's Works Published

By Svante Lundgren

(AINA) -- David B. Perley was one of the 20th century's most influential figures among America's Assyrians. Perley was born in 1901 in Harput but fled during the genocide and came to the US in 1918 where he resided for the rest of his life.

Sunni Women Tell of ISIS Detention, Torture

(Baghdad) -- Fighters from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today.

Turkey Sets Out Raqqa Operation Plans to U.S.

By Humeyra Pamuk

(Reuters) -- Turkey has presented two proposals to the United States for how to carry out a joint military operation to drive Islamic State from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Saturday.

Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President

(AINA) -- Former Republican presidential candidate and current Senator from Arizona, John McCain, sent a letter to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani regarding Assyrians in the Kurdish region in north Iraq. In the letter, dated May 25, McCain expresses "...

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.

Iraq Troops Make Headway Against ISIS

(BBC) -- Iraqi government forces have seized several villages as they move towards an assault on the last area held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Hundreds of military vehicles, backed by air power, rolled across the desert towards IS positions early on Sunday.

Iraqi Civilians Pay Heavy Price As Attack on ISIS in Mosul Nears

By David Zucchino

ERBIL, Iraq -- Several hundred thousand civilians are enduring desperate conditions and facing retribution by Islamic State fighters in western Mosul as Iraqi forces prepare to attack militants who control the city's western half, according to residents and humanitarian groups.

Trump's Immigration Order and Christianity

By Peter Ahern

Debate has raged since President Donald Trump announced his executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States of residents from seven Muslim-majority countries. This involves a temporary halt in the United States refugee program.

The Winds of Change Are Blowing in Europe

By Peter Ahern

(AINA) -- If 2015 in Europe was most memorable for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who traipsed across the continent, 2016 will be marked by the dramatic increase in terrorist attacks at different European locations. Sadly, these two developments are not unconnected.

An Assyrian Guardian Angel in London

By James Pickford

A surveillance drone sitting on a dollop of whipped cream, an Assyrian winged bull guarding the gates of Nineveh, and an invisible figure robed in ermine were among the ideas put forward on Thursday by artists bidding for the next place on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth.


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Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East
Legendary Assyrian American's Works Published
The Winds of Change Are Blowing in Europe
Kurdish Authorities Preventing Assyrian Soldiers From Returning to Their Posts
New Book on Assyrian Genocide Published
First Assyrian Elected to Local Government in Victoria, Australia
Iraq's Assyrians Under Fire
In Continuing Purge, Turkey Removes Only Assyrian Mayor
Assyrian Organization Congratulates Trump, Calls Attention to ISIS Genocide
Battle of Mosul is Historic, Says Assyrian MP in Iran
Erdoğan's Gambit for Mosul
Assyrians in Iraq to Unify Their Militias

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•  ISIS Genocide of Middle Eastern Christians and Its Jizya Propaganda Ploy
•  Impact and Significance of the Christian Presence in Syria and Iraq during the Current Crisis
•  Genocide Against Christians in the Middle East
•  ISIS Genocide in North Iraq
•  The Assyrian Property Issue In Turkey
•  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

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•  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

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Long Persecuted, Assyrians Find Safe Haven in California
Iraq Forces Converge on Mosul Airport
British Archaeologists Assess Damage to Nimrud
Sunni Women Tell of ISIS Detention, Torture
Islamic State Extremists Threaten to Eliminate Egypt's Christians
Turkey Sets Out Raqqa Operation Plans to U.S.
Iraq Troops Make Headway Against ISIS
Iraqi Civilians Pay Heavy Price As Attack on ISIS in Mosul Nears
U.S. Coalition Says IS Command Center Destroyed in Mosul
Top US General Hears Turkey's Complaints About Kurdish Fighters

Editorials »

German Recognition of Armenian, Assyrian Genocide: History and Politics
Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President
Turkey Attempted to Stop Broadcast of Assyrian Genocide Documentary
Australia's Assyrians in Focus
US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups
Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
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

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Erdoğan's Gambit for Mosul
The Genocide of Assyrians and Yazidis and the Next American President
Is Obama Fast-tracking Mosul Offensive to Save His Legacy?
Why France? It's in the Math
Terrorist Strikes and the Blame Game
Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women
Refugees: It's Time to Be Discriminating
A Future for Minorities in the Middle East?

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Astounding Ancient Assyria: The Grand Palace of Assurnasirpal
The Ancient Place Where History Began
India's Ancient Christmas Tradition
Ancient Assyrian Inscription Survives ISIL Attacks
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