Pope Francis Set to Rile Turkey By Recalling the Armenian Genocide

By Ines San Martín

ROME -- One week after Easter Sunday, Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a service in the Armenian Catholic rite to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a mass killing of Armenians by Turks in the early 20th century that the pontiff defined two years ago as the "first genocide of the modern era.

Turkey Moves to Close All Gates At Border With Syria

By Ceylan Yeginsu and Karam Shoumali

ISTANBUL -- After maintaining an open-door policy throughout the four-year conflict in neighboring Syria, Turkey has moved this month to close the two remaining border gates between the countries, shutting out displaced Syrian refugees amid fears of a potential terrorist attack.

Anti-ISIS Forces in Assyrian Town Demand U.S. Support

By Ahmed Shiwesh

Qamishli, Syria -- On Sunday, the Joint Command of the U.S.-led international coalition forces said that its warplanes carried out a number of new airstrikes on locations of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in Syria and Iraq.

France Unveils UN Fund for ISIS Victims

UNITED NATIONS -- France has unveiled plans for a UN fund to re-build houses, schools and churches and re-settle Yezidis and other minority religious groups who have been forced to flee their homes in fear of advancing Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

ISIS Beheads 8 Shiites in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) -- A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.

UN to Step Up Iraq Heritage Protection

Baghdad (AFP) -- The head of the United Nations cultural body vowed in Baghdad Saturday to step up measures aimed at protecting Iraq's heritage, which has been systematically targeted by jihadist militants.

Muslim Mob Attacks Family of Coptic Christian Beheaded By ISIS in Libya

By Patrick Poole

As the commemorative mass for the 21 Christians beheaded by ISIS in Libya was held on the 40th day after their deaths in the village of Al Our in the Minya region of Upper Egypt this past Friday, a mob identified by witnesses as Muslim Brotherhood protestors attacked the home of one of the martyr's...

Assyrian Patriarch Passes Away

Chicago (AINA) -- The Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Khanania Dinkha IV, died Thursday at 10:04 AM at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The cause of death was a virus infection and pneumonia.

Kurdish Police Arrest Yazidi Demonstrators in Refugee Camps

(AINA) -- According to a report by ankawa.com, dozens of Yazidis in a number of refugee camps in Dohuk province were arrested by Kurdish police on Tuesday, March 24, after trying to demonstrate in conjunction with Yazidi demonstrations in Brussels.

Armenian Government Recognizes Turkish Genocide of Assyrians and Greeks

Yerevan (AINA) -- The Armenian National Assembly voted today to recognize the genocide of Assyrians and Greeks that was committed by Ottoman Turks during World War One, between 1915 and 1923. The genocide claimed the lives of 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians.

UNHRC Conference Addresses ISIS Attacks on Assyrians, Yazidis

Geneva (AINA) -- On Friday, March 20th the Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq brought together a robust showing of Permanent Missions to the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, including the United States, the Russian Federation, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Armenia, Ireland and Canada, among others.

The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Monday, February 23 ISIS attacked 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hassaka province in northeast Syria (AINA 2015-02-23). At least 9 Assyrians fighters were killed defending their villages. Up to 373 Assyrians were captured.

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...

The Men Who Uncovered Assyria

(BBC) -- Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures.


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A Letter to Obama From an Assyrian American Student
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Pope Francis Set to Rile Turkey By Recalling the Armenian Genocide
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Turkey Moves to Close All Gates At Border With Syria
Anti-ISIS Forces in Assyrian Town Demand U.S. Support
France Unveils UN Fund for ISIS Victims
Pope's Delegation Offers Comfort, Communion to Iraqi Refugees
ISIS Beheads 8 Shiites in Syria
UN to Step Up Iraq Heritage Protection
Muslim Mob Attacks Family of Coptic Christian Beheaded By ISIS in Libya
Islamic State Will Be Eliminated Within The Year, Iraqi President Says

Editorials »

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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
Islamic State in Iraq Part of Larger Sunni Insurgency; Assyrians, Minorities Need Safe Haven
For Assyrians in Iraq it is a Genocide

Opinion Editorials »

The Middle East and Its Grim Near-Future Development
From Iraq to Syria: the Genocidal Ordeal of the Assyrians
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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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