U.S. Seeks to Build Lean Iraqi Force to Fight the Islamic State

By Missy Ryan and Erin Cunningham

After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the U.S. military is shifting strategy against the Islamic State, choosing to train a smaller number of Iraqi soldiers rather than trying to stand up an entire army anew.

Syria's Civil War Still Rages in the Heart of the Old Christian World

By Ruth Sherlock

Nine-year-old Laurini had just arrived at school when the mortar fell into the playground, the shrapnel tearing into her small body. Standing on the corner of a narrow alley of Damascus' Old City, her father, Isam Bachour, scrolled through the photographs on his iPad of his daughter in a wheelchair.

Mosul Residents: ISIS Group Cuts Phones in Iraq City

(AP) -- Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group blocked all mobile phone networks in the largest Iraqi city they control, Mosul, accusing informants in the city of tipping off coalition forces to their whereabouts, residents told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Armenian Genocide Bill Brought to Turkish Parliament

Sebahat Tuncel, member of the Turkish Parliament representing the Peoples' Democratic Party has submitted a bill, urging President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to publicly apologize for the Armenian Genocide, Ermenihaber.am reports, quoting Turkish Ensonhaber website.

Lebanese Sunnis Who Fought in Syria's War Are Returning Home Radicalized

By Hugh Naylor

TRIPOLI, Lebanon -- The black-and-white flags of al-Qaeda's wing in Syria still flutter over this impoverished city in northern Lebanon. And the anger that fueled a major clash last month involving Sunni extremists still simmers underneath a shaky calm. The Lebanese military now controls Tripoli.

Iraq Finance Minister Urges Battle Against Graft in Military

By Michael Georgy

(Reuters) -- Iraq's finance minister called for deep-rooted reforms to stamp out corruption in a military that collapsed in the face of an Islamic State advance, as he prepares to spend nearly a quarter of the 2015 budget on defense.

Pope Francis Visit: Turkey's Christians Face Tense Times

By Mark Lowen

(BBC) -- It tells of a city where empires, cultures and religions collided. A building that bears mosaics of Jesus and the Virgin Mary beside calligraphy reading "Allah" and "the Prophet Mohamed". There is no greater symbol of the clash of civilisations here than Hagia Sophia.

The Assyrian Fighters in North Iraq

By Peter Henderson

(AINA) -- Since the formation of Dwekh Nawsha, an Assyrian Christian paramilitary force operating in the Ninawa Plains area of northern Iraq, on 11 August 2014, there have been a number of news articles about the group: in the National Geographic on 27 August, from the AFP on 27 September, in...

Assyrian Homes Being Looted By Kurdish Forces

(AINA) -- Residents of Telsqof, an Assyrian town that was captured by ISIS and liberated by Kurdish forces three months ago, are reporting that their homes are being looted by Kurdish forces, who are in control of the town. According to a report by ankawa.

Assyrian Genocide Exhibition to Open in New York

Yonkers, New York (AINA) -- The Assyrian American Association of Yonkers, in conjunction with the Museum of Human Rights Freedom and Tolerance, will present an exhibition on the massacre of Assyrians in Iraq.

Assyrian Monastery Saved From Kurdish Vandal

Turabdin, Turkey (AINA) -- An ancient Assyrian monastery dating back to early days of Christianity has been saved from destruction in Turkey's south eastern region. The monastery is known as Deir Haddadke or Saint Aho and is situated a few miles outside the town of Midyat.

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).

Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination

By Yeghig Tashjian

(AINA) -- As World War I broke out, the Turkish government implemented the plan to destroy the Christian communities within its empire. Around 2 million (1,500,000 Armenians, 750,000 Assyrians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks) were massacred and others deported from their ancestral lands.

Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous

By Konstantin Sabo

(AINA) -- 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.

Students Honored for Language Skills

By Nan Austin

Modesto, California -- Stanislaus County was the first county in the nation to offer a gold seal for students proficient in another language through its Office of Education. Now in its fourth year, the Seal of Multilingual Proficiency program recognized 154 students this year.


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The Assyrian Fighters in North Iraq
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Assyrian Genocide Exhibition to Open in New York
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Assyrian Monastery Saved From Kurdish Vandal
ISIS Attacks on Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, 1,000 Families Trapped
Assyrian Describes ISIS Takeover of His City in North Iraq
Assyrian Genocide Monument Erected in Athens
Rains Cause Flooding in Refugee Camps in Dohuk, Iraq
European Assyrians Lobby EU for Relief for Assyrians in Iraq
October 4 Report on North Iraq -- Yazidis Still Trapped on Sinjar, Patients Expelled From Hospitals
Mosul Residents Living in Sadness and Terror Under ISIS
Assyrian Mother and Three Sons Murdered in Baghdad
Assyrian Appointed Sweden's Minister of Energy

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•  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
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•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2011

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•  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 »

In A Land Of Few Christians, Pope Will Reach Out To Muslims In Turkey
U.S. Seeks to Build Lean Iraqi Force to Fight the Islamic State
Australian MPs Discuss Safe Haven for Iraq's Assyrians At UN Security Council Meeting
Syria's Civil War Still Rages in the Heart of the Old Christian World
Mosul Residents: ISIS Group Cuts Phones in Iraq City
Armenian Genocide Bill Brought to Turkish Parliament
Lebanese Sunnis Who Fought in Syria's War Are Returning Home Radicalized
Iraq Finance Minister Urges Battle Against Graft in Military
Pope Francis Visit: Turkey's Christians Face Tense Times
With Incentives and Brute Force, Islamic State Subduing Tribes in Syria, Iraq

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 »

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?
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

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