Obama's Anti-IS Envoy: Shiites Saved Iraq

By Julian Pecquet

Shiite militants helped save Iraq from the Islamic State (IS), President Barack Obama's envoy to the anti-IS coalition told Congress at a Feb. 10 hearing.

Who Are Iraq's Kakai?

By Saad Salloum

HALABJA, Iraq -- The Kakais are one of the religious minorities scattered throughout northern Iraq in the provinces of Sulaimaniyah and Halabja, in the Nineveh Plains of Nineveh province and in villages to the southeast of Kirkuk.

Congress Considering Safe Zone for Persecuted Assyrians, Yazidis in Iraq

By Jose R. Gonzalez

Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) said that Congress is considering the creation of an autonomous region in Iraq to protect Christians and Yazidis from persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and criticized the State Department's lack of involvement in the ongoing discussions.

Most Christians Fled Iraq Since 2003: Official

By Edris Ukodoju and Haman Baban

Sectarianism and terrorist attacks have forced the majority of Iraq's Christians to leave the country since 2003, an Iraqi official said. Khaled Albert, a senior official at the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs in Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government, said that around 1.

Kurds Attack Syrian Air Base Held By Insurgents

By Bassem Mroue

(AP) -- Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse.

Iraq Seeks More Coalition Trainers for Local Police

By Lolita C. Baldor

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) -- Senior U.S. defense and military officials say that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is asking the coalition for more police training, particularly for Sunnis who will have to secure Ramadi and other towns once Islamic State militants are ousted.

European Parliament Designates ISIS Atrocities As Genocide

Brussels (AINA) -- The European Parliament voted today to designate the atrocities committed by ISIS against religious and ethnic minorities, including Assyrians and Yazidiz, as genocide. The resolution passed by an overwhelming majority.

ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

(AINA) -- ISIS today released 22 Assyrian hostages in Syria. 16 of the hostages were captured captured on February 23 when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages.

Twin Blasts Target Assyrian Shops in Qamishli, Syria

Qamishli, Syria (AINA) -- Two explosions rocked an Assyrian neighborhood in Qamishli. The first targeted the Star Cafe, where a bomb was placed on a bicycle that was left in front of the store. The explosion killed 3 Assyrians and injured 20. The second blast targeted Joseph Bakery.

US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups

(AINA) -- There are reports in the media that state the Obama Administration will designate ISIS's attacks on Yazidis in Iraq as genocide, without giving the same designation to ISIS's attacks on Assyrians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even though these attacks targeted both groups and...

Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On June 10, 2014 ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. On August 7, 2014 ISIS drove into the Nineveh Plains north and east of Mosul, causing nearly 200,000 Assyrians to flee their villages.

Refugees: It's Time to Be Discriminating

By Peter Ahern

(AINA) -- Words can change their meanings radically in line with evolving social and cultural developments. One need only think of the term "gay" to see this phenomenon.

Assyria At Mardi Gras

By Keith Spera|

As might be expected from a Mardi Gras organization celebrating its 50th anniversary, the 2016 Endymion parade will take a long look back at its history. In keeping with this year's theme, "Endymion Through the Years," individual floats will illustrate past themes. Endymion rolls at 4:15 p.m.


AINA News »

Kurdish YPG Forces Setup Training Camps in 3 Assyrian Villages in Syria
European Parliament Designates ISIS Atrocities As Genocide
ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria
Fighting Between Turkish Army and Kurdish PKK Damages Assyrian Church
Assyrian Forces Secure Abandoned Front Line Town Against ISIS In North Iraq
Assyrian Confederation of Europe Calls for End to Turkish Bombings of Assyrian Areas
Twin Blasts Target Assyrian Shops in Qamishli, Syria
Assyrians in Sweden Demonstrate Against Kurdish Aggression in Syria
Turkish Jets Bomb Assyrian Village in North Iraq
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mediates Between Assyrians and Kurds in Qamishli
European Assyrian Organizations Condemn Kurdish YPG Attack on Assyrians in Syria
ISIS Release 16 Assyrian Hostages in Syria, Including 8 Children
Kurdish YPG Forces Attack Assyrians in Syria, 1 Assyrian, 3 Kurds Killed
Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women
Funeral Held for 13 Assyrians Killed in Restaurant Bombings in Syria

Reports »

•  ISIS Genocide in North Iraq
•  The Assyrian Property Issue In Turkey
•  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

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 »

Obama's Anti-IS Envoy: Shiites Saved Iraq
Who Are Iraq's Kakai?
Congress Considering Safe Zone for Persecuted Assyrians, Yazidis in Iraq
Most Christians Fled Iraq Since 2003: Official
Is Turkey Doing Enough to Protect Its Protestants?
Kurds Attack Syrian Air Base Held By Insurgents
Iraq Seeks More Coalition Trainers for Local Police
Iraq Warns Risk to Mosul Dam Affecting Anti-IS Drive
European Parliament Calls for Stricter Turkish Inspection of Human Smuggling
Pope Francis Meets With Prime Minister of Iraq

Editorials »

US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups
Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
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

Opinion Editorials »

Refugees, Radicals and the Assaults on German Women
Refugees: It's Time to Be Discriminating
A Future for Minorities in the Middle East?
U.S. Government Should Stop Prosecution of Assyrian Attorney
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

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Assyria At Mardi Gras
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Nineveh, U.S.A.
Indian Choir Group Keeping The Language Of Christ Alive
Nineveh in Bombay
Wedding Plans Interrupted By War, But Their Love Prevails
New Book on Assyrians in Iraq in the 20th Century
Learning the Language of Jesus Christ
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