Syrian Army and Assyrian Forces Secure 13 Villages in Hasaka

The Syrian Arab Army's 47th Brigade of the Special Forces (Al-Qawat Al-Khassa) -- in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Assyrian militia "Sootooro" -- has taken control of 13 towns in the matter of 24 hours inside the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity

By Hisham Melhem

They destroy museums, they burn libraries, and yes they hunt vulnerable minorities like the Christians and Yazidis to kill, starve, rape or subjugate. In Iraq and Syria, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) while killing the present and denying the future, is waging war on history.

How Syria's Assyrians Stopped Turning the Other Cheek

By Richard Spencer

Like many of Syria's warriors, Kino Gabriel was a student four years ago, training to be a dentist. Like many other Syrians, he resisted the call to war, until he saw the threat to the towns and villages where he grew up and worshipped.

Before the Assyrians Had to Flee ISIS

By Nina Burleigh

When I was 8, I spent a summer in Baghdad and Kirkuk with my mother's Assyrian relatives. My most enduring memory is of our extended family, cousins and cousins of cousins, converging every afternoon around an outdoor table for long lunches my grandmother was always cooking.

ISIS to Release 29 Assyrian Christians, Monitoring Group Says

By Melissa Gray

(CNN) -- An ISIS court in northern Syria has ordered the release of 29 Assyrian Christian hostages among more than 200 captured by the Sunni extremist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday, citing an Assyrian commander.

Assyrians Protest ISIS Attacks on Assyrians in Syria

(AINA) -- Assyrians held protests in three world cities today to call attention to the ISIS attacks on Assyrians in Khabur, Syria, which have resulted in the capture of up to 373 Assyrians by ISIS and the destruction of churches in the 35 Assyrian villages in the Khabur river in the Hasaka province...

Up to 373 Assyrians Captured By ISIS, Executions Have Begun

Hasaka, Syria (AINA) -- According to Assyrian leaders in Hasaka, the number of Assyrians captured by ISIS is as high as 373. There are 150 confirmed captives whose names are known. Various news agencies reporting today raised the number of captured Assyrians to 250.

Assyrian Hostages in Syria Are 'Safe', Says ISIS Member

Hasaka, Syria (AINA) -- ISIS attacked several Assyrian villages in Syria yesterday, killing 4 Assyrian guards and kidnapping more than 90 Assyrian men, women and children, and destroying at least 4 churches (AINA 2015-02-23).

The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Tuesday, 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.

Why the Western Diagnosis of the Syrian Conflict Is Wrong

By Mark Tomass

(AINA) -- The dominant Western narrative that has framed the Syrian conflict as that of a "tyrant killing his people" suffers from a fatal misunderstanding of the sectarian and political structure of Syrian society.

ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer

By Nahren Anweya

(AINA) -- We have been witnessing the most horrendous and catastrophic events that have taken place in the Middle East since the Turks and Kurds conducted the genocide in World War One against the Assyrians, Armenians, and Greeks.

From High School Dropout to Top Couture Designer

By Rosaline Walters

Thomas Lazar left high school in Year 11 but today, the Edensor Park designer has been chosen to show his couture gowns at one of Australia's most prestigious fashion shows -- Fashion ­Palette.


AINA News »

Assyrians Protest ISIS Attacks on Assyrians in Syria
Conflicting Reports on Release of Some of the Assyrians Held By ISIS
Negotiations for the Release of Assyrians Captured By ISIS Still Ongoing
The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria
Up to 373 Assyrians Captured By ISIS, Executions Have Begun
Assyrians Captured By ISIS Now At 150, Negotiations for Their Release in Progress
Assyrian Hostages in Syria Are 'Safe', Says ISIS Member
ISIS Attacks Assyrian Villages in Syria, 4 Killed, Dozens Captured, Churches Burned
Syrian Kurdish Militia Arrests Assyrians, Including a Priest
Why the Western Diagnosis of the Syrian Conflict Is Wrong
Armenian Ambassador Addresses Assyrians in Sweden
ISIS Threatens Assyrians in Syria, Women and Children Evacuated
ISIS Opens Market in Mosul for Stolen Assyrian Property
ISIS Enters Assyrian Town in Syria, Removes Church Cross
ISIS Undiminished As Assyrian and Yazidi Refugees Suffer

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•  The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Miinorities in Iraq
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•  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
•  The Status of Christian Minorities in the Middle East

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•  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

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Syrian Army and Assyrian Forces Secure 13 Villages in Hasaka
The Twilight of Middle Eastern Christianity
Iraq PM Vows to Hunt Down ISIS Vandals Who Destroyed Statues
ISIS Sells Stolen Syrian Antiquities in London to Finance Terror
How Syria's Assyrians Stopped Turning the Other Cheek
Hundreds of Assyrians in Beirut Protest ISIS Kidnappings
Before the Assyrians Had to Flee ISIS
ISIS to Release 29 Assyrian Christians, Monitoring Group Says
Chaldean Archbishop of Aleppo Denies Rumours That 15 Assyrians Have Been Killed
Assyrian Militia Fights Its Own Battle Against Jihadists in Syria

Editorials »

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
Newly Elected Assyrian Patriarch Wants to Commemorate Genocide Centennial

Opinion Editorials »

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
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

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