Arming of Kurds Aids European Security, Says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, telling parliament yesterday that the group posed a major security threat to Germany and Europe.

Rights Group Criticizes UN Resolution on ISIS in Iraq

GENEVA -- A 21-year-old Iraqi Christian woman made an impassioned appeal today before a UN meeting on ISIS atrocities, speaking on behalf of the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch, which spearheaded this month's campaign by rights activists, MPs and Iraqi minority leaders calling for the...

UK Prosecutor Branded a Racist for Prosecuting Muslim Rape Gang

As the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West, I led the teams that brought the so-called Rochdale Grooming Gang to justice in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls. My work saw me go up against not only the offenders, but those who tried to intimidate me for bringing abusers before the courts.

How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels

By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sontheimer, Holger Stark

On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident.

Why Terror Group in Iraq, Syria Has Many Names

By Joshua Keating

The Guardian reports that an influential Egyptian group has requested that Western observers make a crucial nomenclature change. Egypt's Dar al-Ifta, which the Guardian describes as "a wing of the Egyptian justice ministry ...

Australian Parliament Calls for Protection of Assyrians in Iraq

Canberra (AINA) -- The Australian Federal Parliament discussed the plight of the Assyrians of Iraq on Monday after a motion was raised by The Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer and Member for McMahon, upon a request from the Assyrian Universal Alliance.

ISIS Forced Elderly Assyrian Couple to March Out of Baghdede

By Leah Sorith

(AINA) -- 75 year-old Najib and his wife Dalal (Delilah), 72, were too old and ill to leave their town Baghdede when it fell to ISIS on August 7, when the majority of the population fled the town of over 50,000 Christians, the largest Christian city in Iraq.

Assyrians Demonstrate Outside British Embassy in Stockholm

Stockholm (AINA) -- A group of Assyrians from the Assyrian Federation of Sweden held a silent rally outside the British embassy in Stockholm on Wednesday, August 27 to call attention to the cultural genocide that is being committed against the Assyrians in north Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS).

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).

Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous

By Konstantin Sabo

Almost on a daily basis we are hear unthinkable and heartbreaking news about the cruelties that the Islamic State (ISIS) is committing in North Iraq, particularly against Assyrians and Yazidis. The Nineveh Plain is an area north of Mosul.

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 »

Australian Parliament Calls for Protection of Assyrians in Iraq
Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous
Assyrian Patriarch Calls for 3 Day Fast for Iraq's Christians
Thousands of Refugees Apply for New Passports in North Iraq
August 30 Report on North Iraq -- Suicides, Squatters, Escapes
ISIS Forced Elderly Assyrian Couple to March Out of Baghdede
Mother of 3 Year-old Assyrian Girl Kidnapped By ISIS: 'She Will Die If She Does Not See Me'
Assyrians Demonstrate Outside British Embassy in Stockholm
August 28 Report on North Iraq -- Looting, Homeless Children and Epidemics
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

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 »

Arming of Kurds Aids European Security, Says Merkel
Gruesome Evidence of Ethnic Cleansing in North Iraq As ISIS Moves to Wipe Out Minorities
US Shuns Tribal Leaders Who Claim to Have Infiltrated ISIS
Rights Group Criticizes UN Resolution on ISIS in Iraq
World 'Cannot Keep Silent About the Existence of the So-called ISIS,' Patriarchs Declare
UK Prosecutor Branded a Racist for Prosecuting Muslim Rape Gang
Kurds in Northern Iraq Now Suspect Their Arab Neighbors of Siding With ISIS
How the NSA Helped Turkey Kill Kurdish Rebels
Why Terror Group in Iraq, Syria Has Many Names
Siege of Iraqi Town Broken; U.S. Lawmakers Demand ISIS Strategy

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 »

Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous
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

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Melons for Summer and Soup
Prehistoric 'Bookkeeping' Continued Long After Invention of Writing
Voice of Syrian Assyrian Art
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