Extremists Are Seizing West's Military Support -- Patriarch

By John Pontifex

Help from the West for so-called moderate opposition groups in Syria is ending up in the hands of Daesh (ISIS) and other extremists, according to a Catholic Patriarch from Damascus, who says the crisis in the country is deepening.

Patriarch: Pray for Iraq's Christians on August 7

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has asked "all Christians all over the world to join us in praying for peace and stability in Iraq in the first anniversary of the conquest by ISIS of the Christian villages of the Nineveh Plain on August 7.

Assyrian Christian Woman Shares Story of Captivity By Islamic State

By Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

BEIRUT -- They were kidnapped by the Islamic State on Feb. 23 in the governorate of Hasakah, Syria. A total of 253 Assyrian Christians, from 35 different villages along the Khabur River. A small group of 23 elderly individuals were released March 1, allegedly due to their age.

Mideast Christians Driven From Their Biblical Homeland

Christianity may be on the verge of vanishing from the region of its birth. According to a report in Christianity Today, Christians are targeted for the worst religious persecution in the Middle East in over one thousand years.

A Skeptic and a Priest Among Displaced Assyrians in Iraq

By Andrew Doran

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan -- Zack Bazzi sits at a booth in a coffee shop near the U.S. consulate, a hundred meters or so from where a car bomb was detonated some weeks before, looking as casual as he might back home in Boston.

Meet Syria's Fake Moderates

By Alexander Decina

In the midst of debate over how (or whether) to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East, a Salafi-jihadist group in northern Syria has presented a means to do just this.

Priest Feared Kidnapped in Syria Released

(AINA) -- A Franciscan priest who was fear kidnapped three days ago in northeast Syria has been released, according to a report by the Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights. Fr. Dhiya Aziz, 41, is from Iraq and is affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

Assyrian Conference Concludes in Sydney

Sydney (AINA) -- The 2015 Assyria Day Conference, dedicated to helping Assyrians through advocacy, education and communication, concluded on Sunday, June 28.

Assyrians Fleeing Hasaka, Syria

By Bar Daisan

Qamishle, Syria (AINA) -- After some fighting close to the Syrian city of Hasaka in northern Syria, ISIS entered some neighborhoods of the city on June 25. More than 2,000 Assyrian Christian families are among those who escaped to Qamishle via the Turkish border town Nusaybin.

Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria

(AINA) -- A video posted on youtube by the Syriac Military Council (NFS), an Assyrian militia that has been fighting ISIS in Syria, shows members of MFS entering the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram after it has been liberated from ISIS. The video shows massive destruction in the village.

AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack

(AINA) -- AINA's website was the target of a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) which made the site unavailable for more than one week. The attack was launched on June 8 and continued until yesterday. The source of the attack is unknown.

Reflections on the Assyrian Genocide and the Next 100 Years

By Robert W. DeKelaita

(AINA) -- As a child I sat and listened to my grandfather Benjamin recount how he, as an orphaned child, had to carefully step over the dead bodies of his relatives and friends, as he made his escape from the Assyrian village of Mar Bishu in 1915.

Teaching People to Commit Genocide

By Hannibal Travis

(AINA) -- The United Nations often pays lip service to the need to stop educational instruction that could motivate genocidal attacks on national or religious groups.

The Middle East and Its Grim Near-Future Development

By Markus Tozman

(AINA) -- O my dear, they are making such a horrible muddle of the Near East, I confidently anticipate that it will be much worse than it was before the war … It's like a nightmare in which you foresee all the horrible things which are going to happen and can't stretch out your hand to prevent...

Investigating the Origins of Assyrian Government

By Karin Beumer

In 2011, Dr. Bleda Düring of the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden, obtained a European Research Council Starting Grant for his project "Consolidating Empire -- Reconstructing Hegemonic Practices of the Middle Assyrian Empire at the Late Bronze Age Fortified Estate of Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria, ca.


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Australian Labor Party National Conference Condemns Attempted Genocide of Assyrians in Iraq
Priest Feared Kidnapped in Syria Released
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Calls on Youth to Defend Their Lands in Syria
Assyrian Conference Concludes in Sydney
Assyrians Fleeing Hasaka, Syria
Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria
AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack
ISIS Release Assyrian Hostage in Syria
Assyrian Church Council Postpones Election of New Patriarch, Condemns Persecution
Kurdish Forces Arrest 4 Members for Murder of Assyrian Commander
ISIS Release Two Assyrian Hostages in Syria, All 35 Assyrian Villages Liberated
ISIS Burn Assyrian Woman, 80, in North Iraq
Assyrian Federations Accuse YPG Kurds of Assassinating Assyrian Military Leader
Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria
Indicted Assyrian Attorney Faces Trial

Reports »

•  The State of Iraq's Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul
•  The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Miinorities in Iraq
•  The Assyrians: a People without Rights
•  Minorities of Nineveh Plain and the Demand for a Safe Haven
•  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

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

News »

Canada Pledges Millions to Iraq and Nearby Countries to Fight Islamic State
Extremists Are Seizing West's Military Support -- Patriarch
Patriarch: Pray for Iraq's Christians on August 7
Assyrian Christian Woman Shares Story of Captivity By Islamic State
Mideast Christians Driven From Their Biblical Homeland
Study: Christian Population in the Mideast Is Dropping Rapidly
A Skeptic and a Priest Among Displaced Assyrians in Iraq
Al-Qaida Affiliate Abducts US-backed Rebels in Northern Syria
Meet Syria's Fake Moderates
Iraq Calls Turkish Assault on Kurdish Militants a Dangerous Escalation

Editorials »

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
The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria
Why the Western Diagnosis of the Syrian Conflict Is Wrong
Turkey's Duplicitous Game With Assyrians
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

Opinion Editorials »

The Middle East and Its Grim Near-Future Development
From Iraq to Syria: the Genocidal Ordeal of the Assyrians
ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer
Multiculturalism and the Overturning of Traditional Loyalties
Citizenship or Residency? The Muslim Immigration Dilemma Facing the West
Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask
Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination
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?

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