By Erin O'Brien
Gabriel Oktay Cili is a man of many talents. When we visited him on a winter day in January, he had a crowd of visitors packed into his tiny, tunnel-like shop on the main tourist drag in old Mardin, near the Syrian border with Turkey. Each had a cup of cardamom-laced Assyrian coffee or tea in hand and each was waiting for Gabriel to attend to them.
By Fred Aprim
Assyrians are the descendants of the ancient Assyrians. They are historically, culturally, and spiritually tied to northern Mesopotamia, a region that is located from north Baghdad to south of Lake Van, as well as from Persian borders in the east to the Euphrates in the west.
By Robert DeKelaita
(AINA) -- August 7th is Assyrian Martyrs Day and it is commemorated everywhere in the world by Assyrians. Martyrs are honored and acknowledged by government officials in various countries. Monuments now exist in the United States and in Europe, and solemn ceremonies are held everywhere Assyrians reside.
By Halil Ibrahim Sincar and Selahattin Erol
Mardin, Türkey -- Türkiye's Midyat district is a meeting point for Assyrian expats who left their homeland many years ago. The historical district in the southeastern province of Mardin is a melting pot of different cultures and languages -- Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, and Syriac. The expats and tourists from different parts of the world breathe new life into Midyat during the summer season.
The media centre of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday confirmed the death of an Assyrian fighter during a Turkish drone strike on July 25. The SDF Media Centre said that Assyrian Qais Barkho Slevia, originally from the Iraqi city of Mosul was killed in a village in Tal Abyad.
Baghdad -- The intention announced by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako to present his resignation to the Pope from the patriarchal office at the age of 75 continues to be discussed. This intention had been expressed by the Iraqi Cardinal in the course of a television interview by Jordanian priest Nabil Haddad and broadcast by Nour Sat TV.
Recent reports indicate that a new Turkish military operation in northern Syria may be imminent. Mazloum Abdi, a commander of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), indicated, "They have amassed troops at the border region. We believe that they have not attacked until now because they could not find the opportunity to do so.
By Uzay Bulut
The Jewish community of Istanbul woke up on July 15 to learn of the most painful news published on social media: A Jewish cemetery had been subjected to the most cruel and callous attack. Gravestones had been desecrated, and some of the badly damaged graves had even been opened.
By Cliff Smith, Richard Ghazal and Diliman Abdulkader
The Islamic State-perpetrated genocide in Iraq and Syria and the ongoing Syrian Civil War are dual tragedies that have fallen disproportionately on Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the region. Many who were not murdered were compelled to leave the region entirely, resulting in a massive drop in their populations.
Last Friday, the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces warned, during a press conference, the Turkish army that it would confront the forces of all Syrians if it attempted to occupy new Syrian areas, and the forces confirmed that they are fully prepared to confront it.
Christians of various sects from northeastern Syria have suffered mass emigration in the years since 2011. Some of those who emigrated from Syria, known as "absentees," left behind real estate and other properties without legal representatives to take care of them.
By Mark Pattison
If you were wondering, the war in Ukraine is having an adverse effect on the Chaldean Catholic community in northern Iraq, which itself went through spasms of violence eight years ago when an Islamic State terror campaign threatened to empty the region of its Christians. Inflation is taking its toll, too.