Isis 'Ordering Female Genital Mutilation' in Iraq: UN

(BBC) -- A top UN official in Iraq has said the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the city of Mosul is seeking to impose female genital mutilation. All females aged 11 and 46 in the northern city must undergo the procedure, according to an Isis edict, UN official Jacqueline Badcock said.

Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch: 'Mosul Must Be Retaken'

By Fady Noun

Beirut -- "Mosul must be retaken," Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II said yesterday in a press conference in which he slammed the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Nineveh Plain.

Purge of Minorities Re-draws Iraq Map

By Isabel Coles

(Reuters) -- A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years.

Purged By ISIS, Iraq's Christians Appeal to World for Help

Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS, the jihadist terror group that claims to have established its own nation in the region.

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.

ISIS in Mosul Marks Christian Homes, Patriarch Issues Urgent Appeal

(AINA) -- ISIS has begun marking Christian homes with the Arabic letter "n" which stands for the word "Nasrani" which means Christian in Arabic. The word comes from the name "Nestorian," historically attributed to the the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, though it is incorrect.

ISIS Stops Rations for Christians and Shiites in Mosul

(AINA) -- ISIS has ordered government workers to stop giving rations to Christians and Shiites in Mosul, according to a report by Younes Thonon for ankawa.com. The official in charge of distributing rations in the Rifaq neighborhood said he had received orders from ISIS to cut the rations. Mr.

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.

Melons for Summer and Soup

By Hilde G. Lee

Many types of melons abound in our markets at this time of year. Although cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon dominate the melon scene, I like casaba melons, which are more difficult to find. The casaba melon, with its slightly cucumber taste, is milder and juicer than a cantaloupe.


AINA News »

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
July 2 Report on the Situation in North Iraq
Assyrian NGO, Christian Solidarity International Aiding Iraqis Fleeing Mosul, Baghdede

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 »

Islamic State Militants Turn Conquered Syria/Iraq Territories Into Jihadist Tourist Paradise
Isis 'Ordering Female Genital Mutilation' in Iraq: UN
Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch: 'Mosul Must Be Retaken'
Purge of Minorities Re-draws Iraq Map
Christians Fleeing Mosul Persecuted By ISIS, Muslims Rally Alongside Protesting Christians
Purged By ISIS, Iraq's Christians Appeal to World for Help
Greek Orthodox Church Condemns Attacks on Christians in Mosul
The End of Christianity in the Middle East Could Mean the Demise of Arab Secularism
Muslims, Christians Gather in Iraq Church in Solidarity With Mosul's Christians
Mideast Christian Leaders Call for Muslims to Condemn ISIS

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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Voice of Syrian Assyrian Art
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Messiah Ensemble to Give New Concert in Tehran
Between Colors and Cultures
Assyria to Iberia At the Dawn of the Classical Age
The Hidden Message of the Assyrian Lament
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