Iraqi Assyrians Are Target of Land Grab

By Geoffrey P. Johnston

Despite the defeat of Islamic State forces on the battlefields of northern Iraq in 2017 and the advance of democracy in a country once ruled by the brutal Saddam Hussein, these are difficult times in Iraq, especially for beleaguered Christians of various ethnicities who have been dispossessed of their ancestral lands on the Nineveh Plain.

Iraqi Curriculum Issues Veiled Threat Against Assyrian Women

By Claire Evans

Questions persist throughout Iraq regarding whether ISIS is truly defeated or will rise again, perhaps under the banner of another terrorist organization. For Iraqi Christians, the question is often not if, but when. Though defeated militarily, the ideology of ISIS remains victorious in Iraq. Nowhere is this undercurrent more apparent than in the educational curriculum.

Iraq PM: 25% of Foreign Troops Withdrew in 2018

More than 25 per cent of foreign troops, most of which were American, have pulled out of Iraq in 2018, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said this week. Abdul-Mahdi's statement come a month after the US announced that it would withdraw its troops from Syria and use Iraq as "base" when necessary.

Muslim Throng Converges on Worship Site of Coptic Church in Egypt

Police in Upper Egypt evicted Coptic priests and shuttered their church building after an Islamist mob converged on the site over the weekend, according to reports. Muslim villagers in Manshiyet Zaafarna, Minya Governorate, attacked the church of Mar-Giris (St. George) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan.

Church Gunfire Part of Intimidation Campaign Against Iraq's Assyrians

By Alex Williams

Two recent incidents of gunfire outside churches in northern Iraq reflect a broader campaign of "intimidation" against Christians in the country, it has been claimed. Men claiming to be part of a wedding party fired their automatic weapons into the air for 30 minutes outside St George's Syrian Catholic Church in the town of Bartella (AINA 2018-11-30).

Iraqi Assyrian Border Villages Bear the Brunt of Turkish Air Strikes

By Adam Lucente

The village of Araden sits amidst gorgeous countryside not far from the main tourist attractions of Iraq's Kurdish region. Stunning mountains dot the landscape, while the city of Amedi overlooks green valleys, and there are remnants of an old vacation home used by the former president Saddam Hussein close by.

Aliph Announces Project to Restore Assyrian Monastery in Iraq

By Vincent Noce

Aliph, a Geneva-based global fund to protect cultural heritage in war zones, spearheaded by France and the United Arab Emirates and chaired by the American billionaire Thomas Kaplan, has revealed its first projects. They include the Mosul museum and the Behnam monastery in Iraq, as well as the Tomb of Askia in Gao, Mali. The organisation has also launched a worldwide call for new projects.

France Pledges 1 Billion Euros in Aid to Rebuild Iraq

(AP) -- France is committing $1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to help Iraq rebuild after its war against the Islamic State group, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday. Le Drian was in Baghdad on a busy day that also saw Iraq's top officials receiving King Abdullah II of Jordan. The French diplomat said the aid would go to rebuilding Iraq's most devastated areas.

US Starts Pulling Troops Out of Syria, Talks With Turkey to Continue

The United States has started the "deliberate withdrawal" process of its forces from Syria, US military officials confirmed on Friday, but they refused to provide any details on exactly what troops and equipment were being moved. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements," military spokesman Sean Ryan said in a statement.

Is Sisi Good for Egypt's Christians?

By Marlo Safi

On Thursday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the recently opened Coptic Cathedral of the Nativity, not far from Cairo. "It is a very special thing to have this in the heart of the Middle East, this enormous cathedral where people can come worship in Egypt," he told the press. "It's a land of religious freedom and opportunity. It's remarkable.

News

Iraqi Assyrians Are Target of Land Grab
Israeli Historians' New Study Claims 30-year Genocide Against Anatolian Christians
Iraqi Curriculum Issues Veiled Threat Against Assyrian Women
Iraq PM: 25% of Foreign Troops Withdrew in 2018
Muslim Throng Converges on Worship Site of Coptic Church in Egypt
Church Gunfire Part of Intimidation Campaign Against Iraq's Assyrians
Iraqi Assyrian Border Villages Bear the Brunt of Turkish Air Strikes
Aliph Announces Project to Restore Assyrian Monastery in Iraq
France Pledges 1 Billion Euros in Aid to Rebuild Iraq
Trump Threatens to 'Devastate Turkey Economically' If it Attacks Kurds in Syria

Reports

•  Iraq’s Stolen Election: How Assyrian Representation Became Assyrian Repression
•  Brutality Against Christian Clerics in Syria
•  Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2015–17
•  Erasing Assyrians: Kurdish Abuses of Human Rights
•  Assyrians and Yazidis in Northern Iraq 2017
•  Understanding Recent Movements of Christians from Syria and Iraq
•  The Hopes And Fears Of Religious Minorities In Northern Iraq
•  Assyrians Under Kurdish Rule: The Situation in Northeastern Syria
•  Untying the Knots of Religious Diversity in Iraqi Kurdistan
•  The Protection Needs Of Minorities From Syria and Iraq
•  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

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

All Things Assyrian

In Search of a Martyred Assyrian Ancestor
Assyrian Monastery in Iraq Dates Back to 400 AD
The 12 Wise Men
Master of Extinct Languages
The Heavenly History of Angels in Art
The First Christian King
Saint Jacques of Assyria
Japanese Museum Finds Rare Scroll From Country's Early Christians
The Assyrian Women Traders of Ancient Anatolia
It's Assyria. With an A.
Brief History of Assyrians Assyrians: Frequently Asked Questions The Assyrian Genocide Attacks on Assyrians in Syria Timeline of ISIS in Iraq Incipient Genocide: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq Assyrian Holocausts

Letter Signed By 59 Iraqi MPs Alarms Assyrians in the Nineveh Plain

The Assyrian Policy Institute has obtained a letter dated December 22, 2018 signed by Shabak MP Qusay Abbas Mohammed which calls for the distribution of public lands in Hamdaniya District in the Nineveh Plain to Shabak families. The letter was signed by an additional 58 members of parliament and has alarmed members of the local Assyrian community who fear demographic change in the region.

AINA News

Assyrian Refugees From Iraq Celebrate Orthodox Christmas in Beirut
Letter Signed By 59 Iraqi MPs Alarms Assyrians in the Nineveh Plain
Ongoing Hostilities Threaten Assyrian Areas in Northern Iraq
Patriarchs of Syriac Churches Meet Austrian Cancellor
Assyrian Youth Federation Established in the U.S.
Documentary Chronicling the Assyrian Identity Post-Empire Will Be 'First of Its Kind'
Iraqi Shabak Security Forces Block Assyrian Church, Threaten Pastor
Iraq's Stolen Election: How Assyrian Representation Became Assyrian Repression
European Assyrians Condemn Illegal Occupation of Assyrian Homes in Iraq
The Assyrians of Turkey
Syriac Orthodox Church Opens University in Syria
Society for Threatened Peoples Urges Kurdish Government to Respect Assyrian Rights in Iraq
Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq
Kurdish Parties in Iraq Have Hijacked Quota Seats for Assyrians and Yazidis
Kurds in Turkey Have Occupied Assyrian Monastery's Land for 40 Years

The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

On January 2, 2018, Judge Goldsmith from the federal court in Michigan ordered the release of Assyrian (also known as Chaldean or Syriac) Christian detainees who had been held for deportation. In his decision, the judge cited that the country conditions in Iraq precluded the possibility of returning the refugees to their homes safely.

Editorials

The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney
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

Turkey's Violation of Human Rights Must Be Challenged

By Sabri Atman

(AINA) -- When speaking about the Ottoman Empire and Turkey today, it is not their contribution to civilization that comes to mind. Instead it is human rights violations, confiscation of land and property, genocide and genocide denials that are most frequently discussed in the public discourse. Today's Turkey is still far from being ruled by democratic principles.

EU Conference on Nineveh Plains Favors Kurds, Marginalizes Assyrians

By Max Joseph

(AINA) -- Much has been swirling around on social media about an EU Conference (AINA 2017-06-24) organized by Swedish MEP Lars Adaktusson alongside sponsors such as Demand For Action. No sooner had I heard about it did I also see that it had been boycotted by the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM) and the Chaldean Church, together with various other Assyrian parties and organizations, including...

Opinion Editorials

Turkey's Violation of Human Rights Must Be Challenged
EU Conference on Nineveh Plains Favors Kurds, Marginalizes Assyrians
Trump's Immigration Order and Christianity
The Winds of Change Are Blowing in Europe
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

In Search of a Martyred Assyrian Ancestor

(BBC) -- Eastern Turkey had a large and thriving community of Christians a little over 100 years ago, but since then most have been dispersed or killed. The BBC's Eli Melki went to look for traces of a relative, who was martyred at the age of 33. One evening in June, I sat in the sunset among the Roman ruins of Zirzawan hill, in south-east Turkey.

Assyrian Monastery in Iraq Dates Back to 400 AD

By A.C. Robinson

Dere, North Iraq -- Mar Odisho Monastery, dating back to the fourth century, still serves the Assyrian community in the tiny village of Dere just four kilometers east of the ancient town of Amedi in Duhok province. Father Elias Daud, born in Dere in 1935 but raised in Baghdad, returned to the village in 1973. He's been leading services and taking care of the monastery for the past 30 years.

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