Jihadists in Iraq Erase Cultural Heritage

By Nour Malas

BAGHDAD -- A campaign by Sunni insurgents to establish an Islamic caliphate across Iraq and Syria and expel other Muslim sects and religions is taking a sharp toll on the countries' cultural heritage.

Last Christians Expelled From Mosul, is All of the Middle East Next?

Professor Lord David Alton, who co-founded Jubilee Campaign, writes this important lament concerning the expulsion or forced conversion of all Christians from Mosul, Iraq and call to the United Nations and to the West to stop the atrocities. The last Christian has now been expelled from Mosul.

Iraqi Christians Find Little Help

By Rayane Abou Jaoude, Venetia Raineyl

BAABDA, Lebanon -- Joseph Toman leaned on the heavy wooden door of St. Raphael Chaldean Cathedral and sighed in exasperation.

Will Christians Disappear From the Middle East?

By Jihad al-Zein

More than 60 years after the collapse of the Jewish element in the Arab region and most of the Muslim world (because of the establishment of Israel), the Christian element of today -- larger in numbers than the Jewish one ever was -- is, for the first time, entering a whirlwind which threatens its...

Migration Inside Iraq Reaches New High

More than 110,000 families have fled the Iraqi provinces of Mosul, Saladin, Diyala and Kirkuk in search of security from the devastating conflict in the country, official data has revealed.

No Room for Assyrians in Iraq Anymore, Fleeing Residents Say

Alive but not at peace, Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul are recounting their nightmares about the group, while also lamenting the ostensible end of a place for their community in Iraq.

ISIS Take Over Syrian Army Base, Behead Soldiers

DAMASCUS (AFP) -- Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, an activist group said Saturday.

A Nation in Peril - Iraq's Struggle to Hold Together

By Dominic Evans

(Reuters) -- Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake.

Assyrians in U.S., Holland, Germany Demonstrate Against ISIS

(AINA) -- Assyrians in Germany and the Netherlands held demonstrations today against the Islamic State (ISIS), which captured the city of Mosul, Iraq on June 10 and began a systematic persecution of Assyrians, Shiites, Yazidis and Shabak -- all non-Sunni groups.

ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles

(AINA) -- More than 200 Assyrian families fled in panic from Mosul on July 17 and 18 as the ISIS deadline for converting to Islam approached (AINA 2014-07-20). ISIS had issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword.

ISIS Statement Ordering Christians to Convert or Die

(AINA) -- ISIS issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city.

99 Years of Turkish Genocide

(AINA) -- On April 24, 1915 the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians began very simply, without pomp and circumstance. "We have made a clean sweep of the Armenians and Assyrians of Azerbaijan.

Erdogan Exploits Rivalry Between Kurdish Leaders

By Augin Haninke

(AINA) -- Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq, recently made a historic visit to Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey. It was Barzani's first visits to a city which may well become the capital of a future Kurdish state in Turkey.


AINA News »

Six Assyrian Students Detained, Tortured By Kurdish Intelligence Service
Assyrians in U.S., Holland, Germany Demonstrate Against ISIS
Assyrian Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Delivers Message on Crisis in Mosul
100 French MPs Demonstrate in Support of Assyrians in Mosul
ISIS, Kurds Clash Near Assyrian Town, 2000 Assyrian Families Driven From Mosul
ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles
ISIS Statement Ordering Christians to Convert or Die
ISIS in Mosul Marks Christian Homes, Patriarch Issues Urgent Appeal
ISIS Stops Rations for Christians and Shiites in Mosul
ISIS Removes Cross From Church in Mosul
Kidnapped Assyrian Nuns Released
July 8 Report on the Situation in North Iraq
New Assyrian Patriarch Meets Community Leaders in Los Angeles
Water Shortage Crisis in Assyrian Towns in North Iraq
Kurds Provoked Confrontation With ISIS in Iraq: Report

Reports »

•  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 »

Congressman Slams Obama For Ignoring Christian Genocide In Iraq
Jihadists in Iraq Erase Cultural Heritage
Last Christians Expelled From Mosul, is All of the Middle East Next?
Iraqi Christians Find Little Help
Will Christians Disappear From the Middle East?
Migration Inside Iraq Reaches New High
No Room for Assyrians in Iraq Anymore, Fleeing Residents Say
ISIS Take Over Syrian Army Base, Behead Soldiers
A Nation in Peril - Iraq's Struggle to Hold Together
Belgium Says Iraq Requires a Political Solution

Editorials »

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
Will a Province for Assyrians Stop Their Exodus From Iraq?
Conference on the Persecution of Assyrians and Other Christians in the Middle East
The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria
Stranded: the Forgotten Assyrians of Al-Thawrah, Syria
Assyrian Businesses, Church Attacked in Baghdad, 2 Killed
Islamist Ultimatum to Syrian Christians: Convert, Leave, or Die

Opinion Editorials »

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
Abrogation in Islam and The Persecution of Christians
The Fall of Nineveh is Not Over Yet
Jonah, the Whale, the Assyrians, Christianity and Islam
Denial Flows All the Way to the Turkish Embassy in Canberra

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Assyria Foundation Honors Oriental Institute Scholars
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