Russian, Turkish Tensions Reopen Over Syria

By Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL (VOA) -- The Turkish foreign ministry says it has summoned Russia's top diplomat in Turkey over the killing of one of its soldiers that has been blamed on a Syrian Kurdish group that Moscow is supporting.

Assyrian Genocide Documentary to Be Aired in Cyprus

Stockholm (AINA) -- Cypriotic state broadcaster CYBY has announced it will air the documentary film "Seyfo 1915 - The Assyrian Genocide" on March 8 on the RIK2 channel. The documentary had its premiere in 2015, marking the centennial commemoration of the Assyrian genocide.

Turkey Removed Assyrian Sculpture From Public Square

Diyarbakir (AINA) -- Turkish authorities removed an Assyrian sculpture from a public square on January 8. The sculpture, an Assyrian winged bull known as a Lamassu, was in front of the local council building in Diyarbakir. No explanation has been provided by the Turkish government.

Is Time Running Out for Iraq's Assyrians?

By John Pontifex

Iraq's oldest Christian community is at immediate risk of a sudden slide towards extinction unless multi-agency action is taken to safeguard their future --the co-ordinator of aid for displaced faithful forced from their ancestral homes by jihadi terror group Daesh (ISIS) told parliamentarians.

Iconic Chaldean Church Liberated in Mosul

A Chaldean Catholic church whose image announced the fall of Mosul in 2014 has been liberated. When so-called Islamic State (ISIS) swept through Iraq in June 2014, a 'before-and-after' picture of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual help in Mosul emerged showing the crucifix topping the building...

Turkey: A Sunni Iran in the Making?

By Burak Bekdil

In theory, Shiite Iran and Sunni Turkey (both Ottoman and modern) have been at peace for nearly 400 years, with their shared border unchanged since the signing of the Treaty of Zuhab in 1639.

Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President

(AINA) -- Former Republican presidential candidate and current Senator from Arizona, John McCain, sent a letter to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani regarding Assyrians in the Kurdish region in north Iraq. In the letter, dated May 25, McCain expresses "...

Australia's Assyrians in Focus

By Peter Ahern

Fairfield, Australia (AINA) -- On Sunday 27 March the Australian Broadcasting Commission presented a special documentary on Australia's Assyrian community as part of the long-running and popular "Compass" series. The Assyrian community is not widely known in Australia.

Russia Deals Major Blow to Turkey's Syria Policy

By Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL (VOA) -- Russian and Turkish soldiers are facing off over the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin. Ankara says the area that borders its territory is under the control of PYD 'terrorists' affiliated with the Kurdish insurgent group the PKK.

U.S.-led Coalition Airdrops Forces in Raqqa Province

By Ellen Francis and Tom Perry

(Reuters) -- The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has for the first time airdropped local ground forces behind enemy lines near the ISIS-held town of Tabqa in northern Syria, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, opening a new front in the campaign to recapture nearby Raqqa city. The U.S.

U.S. Supports Daring Raid in Syria Against ISIS

By Jim Michaels

WASHINGTON -- The U.S.-led coalition flew a contingent of Syrian opposition forces behind enemy lines in a daring raid to cut off the Islamic State's remaining supply line to the militants' de facto capital of Raqqa, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Trump's Immigration Order and Christianity

By Peter Ahern

Debate has raged since President Donald Trump announced his executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States of residents from seven Muslim-majority countries. This involves a temporary halt in the United States refugee program.

The Winds of Change Are Blowing in Europe

By Peter Ahern

(AINA) -- If 2015 in Europe was most memorable for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who traipsed across the continent, 2016 will be marked by the dramatic increase in terrorist attacks at different European locations. Sadly, these two developments are not unconnected.

Inside the Assyrian Palace Revealed in Fight for Mosul

By Anthony Loyd

The sunlight was swallowed in an instant a few steps into the tunnel's narrow mouth, after which the world was of purest black. So pitch and pressing was this darkness that it required a small effort of the mind to ward off the sense of suffocation as we descended.

Anatolian Borders of Assyrian Empire Revealed

Marmara University faculty member Professor Kemalettin Köroğlu and the director of the Ziyaret Tepe (Tushhan) excavation, Cambridge University faculty member, Dr. John MacGinnis, revealed what they've discovered so far at the Ziyaret Tepe excavation.


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Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
Reflections on the Assyrian Genocide and the Next 100 Years
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