Inside ISIS: The Islamic State's War on Minorities

By Nuri Kino

I was on Swedish Radio the other day, speaking about the importance of creating a safe haven in northern Iraq to protect Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs, Yazidis and the other minorities who are facing ethnic cleansing there. I told listeners stories of rape, murder, and pillage.

Germany to Decide on Military Aid for Iraq on Sunday: Minister

(Reuters) -- Germany will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State insurgents, with Chancellor Angela Merkel arguing Berlin had to act because hundreds of Germans had joined the insurgents.

Turkish Border Smuggling Thrives Under IS

By Gokhan Erkus

The security crisis that peaked with the capture of Mosul by the Islamic State (IS) has also negatively affected Turkey's trade, especially with Iraq. Turkey has lost most of its regional market due to the war in Syria, including about 50% of its exports with Iraq.

Imagining a Middle East Without Christians

By Richard Ghazal

In the crosshairs of the burgeoning Caliphate, and its brutal conquest, the Middle East's Christian minority finds itself in the existential balance, facing the all-but-imminent threat of complete annihilation.

British PM Mulls Joining Obama in Bombing ISIS in Iraq

By Nicholas Watt, Andrew Sparrow, Daniel Hurst and Helen Davidson

David Cameron is planning to indicate to Barack Obama and other Nato leaders at a summit in Wales next week that Britain is keeping open the option of joining the US in launching air strikes against forces of the Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq.

Block the Jihadist Highway in Turkey

In seeking to turn back the advance of the barbarous Islamic State forces across Iraq and Syria, it is essential to staunch the flow of foreign jihadists joining the fight, including any more from Australia. Governments, including our own, are trying to do so.

Turkey Struggles to Stem Flow of Jihadists to ISIS

By Nick Tattersall

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT -- As ISIS insurgents threaten the Turkish border from Syria, Turkey is struggling to staunch the flow of foreign jihadists to the group, having not so long ago allowed free access to those who would join its neighbor's civil war.

Assyrian Man Begins Feeding Refugees in Ankawa, Iraq

By Cliff Kelaita

(AINA) -- It is extremely hot here today. There were some care packages ready and I was literally passing them out an hour after I landed in Arbel. The soup kitchen in my new house should be operational soon. I will send pictures when it is ready. Work happens slowly here but I am pushing hard.

Iraq Voids Real Estate Sales in ISIS Controlled Areas

(AINA) -- The Iraq Ministry of Justice issued a statement on August 22 declaring that all real estate sales in Mosul and all areas under ISIS control since June 10, the day that ISIS captured the city, are null and void and will not be recognized.

August 24 Report on North Iraq -- Religious Shrines Destroyed

(AINA) -- The Hammurabi Human Rights Organization* has issued its latest report, dated August 24, 2014, on the situation in North Iraq. Mosul Residents contacted via telephone say life in the city is unbearable and discontent with ISIS is very high.

The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Wednesday, August 20 five Patriarchs from the Middle East visited Arbel in north Iraq to show support for the beleaguered Assyrian Christian community (AINA 2014-08-21) and to call attention to the cultural genocide that is being committed against it by the Islamic State (ISIS).

The Kurds Must Support the Assyrians and Yazidis Militarily and Politically

By James Rayis

(AINA) -- Today, in the midst of the greatest threat to a 6764 year old community's existence in Iraq, the Aramaic-speaking Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs), both Iraqi and expatriate, must look to the Kurdish Regional Government for immediate aid for those in the Nineveh and Kirkuk...

Toronto Based Researcher Works to Preserve Ancient Syriac Inscriptions

By Anqi Shen

More than a decade ago, Amir Harrak spent three sweltering summers in his native Iraq, photographing inscriptions written in the Classical Syriac language. The University of Toronto researcher had set out to document the centuries-old engravings, knowing many would eventually be lost.

Safe At Last, After a Century of Conflict

By Kim Arlington

She was born before the outbreak of World War I and has spent much of her life in war zones or fleeing conflict. But Yasmi Houmi, who turned 102 this month, has finally found safety.


AINA News »

Hundreds Rally in Canberra for Save Haven for Assyrians in Iraq
The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq
ISIS Abduct 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl From Fleeing Family; 3 Starve to Death
Assyrian Man Begins Feeding Refugees in Ankawa, Iraq
Iraq Voids Real Estate Sales in ISIS Controlled Areas
August 24 Report on North Iraq -- Religious Shrines Destroyed
Dutch MP Visits Assyrian Refugees in North Iraq
Assyrian Woman Returns to Mosul, is Expelled Again By ISIS
1200 Assyrian Refugees Living on One Floor in a Mall in Arbel
August 21 Report on North Iraq -- 5 Refugees Dying Per Day
ISIS Loots Assyrian Homes, Vandalizes Churches in Mosul
Helicopters Drop Leaflets Over Mosul Urging Residents to Fight ISIS
Pictures Show Aftermath of ISIS Looting, Plundering Assyrian Town
Five Middle Eastern Patriarchs Visit North Iraq in Solidarity With Christians
Australian MPs Support Assyrian Autonomous Region in North Iraq

Reports »

•  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
•  Between the Barbed Wire: Syrian Christian Refugees in Lebanon
•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2011
•  The Situation of Assyrians in Northern Iraq

Articles »

•  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 »

Inside ISIS: The Islamic State's War on Minorities
East Patriarchs For Criminalizing Attacks on Christians and Their Properties
Germany to Decide on Military Aid for Iraq on Sunday: Minister
Turkish Border Smuggling Thrives Under IS
Imagining a Middle East Without Christians
British PM Mulls Joining Obama in Bombing ISIS in Iraq
Block the Jihadist Highway in Turkey
Patriarchs Meet With Ambassadors in Beirut to Save Middle East Christians
Turkey Struggles to Stem Flow of Jihadists to ISIS
'Executions, Amputations and Lashings': ISIS Commits War Crimes in Syria, UN Says

Editorials »

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
Islamic State in Iraq Part of Larger Sunni Insurgency; Assyrians, Minorities Need Safe Haven
For Assyrians in Iraq it is a Genocide
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

Opinion Editorials »

The Kurds Must Support the Assyrians and Yazidis Militarily and Politically
Does the American Government Care About the Assyrians of Iraq?
The Origin and Meaning of Assyrian Martyrs Day
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

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She's Israeli. He's Assyrian. They're Putting on a Comedy Show Together
Melons for Summer and Soup
Prehistoric 'Bookkeeping' Continued Long After Invention of Writing
Voice of Syrian Assyrian Art
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