Syria's Ancient Sites Damaged By War, Being Looted

By Hugh Naylor

BEIRUT -- Syria's vast archaeological sites have suffered extensive damage because of bombing by government warplanes and the demolition of religious shrines by Islamic State militants. But there is an increasing, perhaps more menacing problem: old-fashioned plunder.

Iraq's Shiite Fighters Desert Over Shortages

By Sameer N. Yacoub and Sinan Salaheddin

(AP) -- Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food.

Iraqi Forces Repel IS Attacks in Western Iraq

RAMADI, Iraq (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen on Saturday repelled attacks by the Islamic State (IS) militant group in a military airbase housing U.S. advisors, in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said. Iraqi security forces backed by Iraqi and U.

US To Deploy 1,300 More Troops To Iraq In January

By Dion Rabouin

The U.S. is sending as many as 1,300 more troops to Iraq in late January, the Defense Department announced Friday. The troops will include about 1,000 soldiers in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. The rest will be drawn from multiple services.

Kurdish Forces Claim Victory on Mount Sinjar

(VOA) -- Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Friday said they have broken the Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militant group and building on the news that three IS leaders have been killed.

Chicago Assyrian Community Rallies for Immigration Attorney

(AINA) -- Over 1,500 Assyrian-Americans gathered at the Assyrian National Council of Illinois (ANCI) Building in Skokie, Illinois this past Sunday in support of two community members recently indicted on federal immigration fraud charges.

Assyrians Need Autonomous Region, Says Advisor to Mosul's Governor

By Nahren Anweya

(AINA) -- On June 10 ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. The house of Dr. Duraid Tobiya Zoma was the first house to be occupied by ISIS and was marked with the letter "N" for Nazarene (Christian). Dr. Zoma, who is an advisor to the governor of Mosul and an Assyrian, lived in north Mosul.

Iraq's Governor of Nineveh Meets Assyrian Leaders in Chicago

(AINA) -- Atheel Al Nujaifi, the Sunni governor of Iraq's Nineveh province, met with Assyrian leaders in Chicago yesterday. The meeting was sponsored by the Chicago chapter of the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM) and was a discussion and question and answer session. Mr.

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...

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).

Terror in Australia: the Question No One Wants to Ask

By Peter Ahern

(AINA) -- Australia, the self-styled lucky country, is joining the rest of the world in having to face up to Islamist terrorism. On Monday an ex-Shia-turned-Sunni Muslim, Man Haron Monis, took seventeen hostages in a cafe in Sydney.

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.

Assyrian Christian College Students Fill Food Hampers

By Kirstie Chlopicki

Fairfield, Australia -- Students from Narsai Assyrian Christian College are reaching out to lend a hand during the Christmas season. Members of the student representative council have led the charge in gathering donated food items from students to create hampers for those less fortunate.

Great Aspirations of the Iron Age

By James Romm

Renaissance philosophers, musing on European voyages to the New World, speculated that the dispersal of gold deposits throughout the globe was part of God's plan to spur travel, exploration, and communication between continents.


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Turkey's Duplicitous Game With Assyrians
Documentary on Assyrian Refugees in Iraq Wins Vimeo Award
Iraq's Governor of Nineveh Meets Assyrian Leaders in Chicago
The Assyrian Fighters in North Iraq
European Assyrian Federations in Talks With EU Commission
Assyrian Homes Being Looted By Kurdish Forces
Assyrian Genocide Exhibition to Open in New York
Assyrian Federation of Sweden Visits Assyrian Refugees in North Iraq
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•  The Assyrians: a People without Rights
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•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2013
•  Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle
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•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2011

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•  The Assyrian Genocide As A Part Of The Christian Genocide In The Ottoman Empire
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•  The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement
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Iraq's Shiite Fighters Desert Over Shortages
Iraqi Forces Repel IS Attacks in Western Iraq
US To Deploy 1,300 More Troops To Iraq In January
Kurdish Forces Claim Victory on Mount Sinjar
Truckloads of Food, Water Head to Iraq's Sinjar Mountain After ISIS Pushed Out
How Syria Policy Stalled in 2014 Under Obama

Editorials »

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
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99 Years of Turkish Genocide
Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?

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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'

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