Turkey Strikes PKK Targets in Northern Iraq

AVASIN-BASYAN, NORTHERN IRAQ (Reuters) -- Turkish warplanes destroyed five Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant targets in Avasin-Basyan area of northern Iraq on Monday, Turkish military said in a written statement.

Iraq Army Seizes Key Mosul Bridge in ISIS Battle

By Kareem Khadder, Hamdi Alkshali and Ingrid Formanek

Irbil, Iraq (CNN) -- The Iraqi army says it has recaptured a bridge across the Tigris River in west Mosul, where fierce battles are ongoing to oust ISIS from its last bastion in Iraq.

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.

Turkish-backed Syrian Rebels Clash With Army in North

By Tom Perry and Humeyra Pamuk

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near a city in northern Syria that the rebels recently captured from Islamic State, sources on both sides said, the second such confrontation in the region this month.

Mass Assyrian Emigration From Iraq Makes Future of Church Uncertain

By Rikar Hussein

(VOA) -- Hind Safaa has returned to her hometown of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq after Islamic State fighters were pushed out of the town. She and her family left the area two years ago due to fears that Islamic State fighters will target them as religious minorities.

Erdogan Meets Iraqi Kurdish Region's Leader Barzani

By Halil Ibrahim Baser and Idris Okuducu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met the leader of Iraq's Kurdish region Sunday in Istanbul. The one-hour closed meeting between Erdogan and Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Regional Government, took place in Mabeyn Palace on the European side.

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.

Turkey Builds More Than Half of Syrian Border Wall

Turkey has erected 290 kilometers (180 miles) of a planned 511-kilometer (317 miles) "security wall" along its border with war-torn Syria, local media reported on Sunday, quoting the head of the body building the structure. The wall is made from portable concrete blocks each weighing seven tons.

Protecting Christians, Fighting Terror? Russia's on it

By Aleksandar Pavic

A few years ago, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who then was Russia's ambassador to NATO, warned that a new influence had appeared that was becoming a major threat to large segments of the world, namely, Asia, Europe and America.

Twin Attacks on Syrian Security Kill At Least 32

BEIRUT (AP) -- In synchronized attacks, insurgents stormed into heavily guarded security offices in Syria's central Homs city, clashed with troops and then blew themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials reported.

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.

Diplomacy and Warfare in the Neo-Assyrian Empire

Prof. Melville (Clarkson), a specialist in the Neo-Assyrian period, has written an excellent account of the many wars of Sargon II, which throws much new light on the king, the Neo-Assyrian Empire, and the conduct of diplomacy and war in the period.


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