Assyrian Monks Won't Leave Ancient Monastery Amid ISIL Threat

By Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery

AL-FAF, Iraq -- Yousif Ibrahim paces down the 1,600-year-old chamber room of Saint Matthew's Monastery passing rows of empty polished-wood pews. Ornate crystal chandeliers hang from the arched ceiling above him. The room smells of dust and incense, and its silence is peaceful.

After ISIS Gains In Anbar, Palmyra, Syria Wants More Coordination With Iraq

By Alessandria Masi

The Syrian government wants more coordination with Iraq on the fight against the Islamic State group, criticized members of the American-led coalition and said Wednesday it was not relying on the current air campaign to eradicate the militants, who continued to make significant advances in both...

Islamic State Suicide Attacks Hinder Iraq's Anbar Push

By Kim Hjelmgaard

Iraq's operation to recapture areas under the control of Islamic State extremists faced a setback Wednesday as the group unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province. At least 17 troops were killed. Brig.

China Unofficially Arms The Kurds

Kurdish forces fighting in Iraq and Syria have been seen using the Chinese HJ-8 ATGMs (Anti-Tank Guided Missiles). This is the Chinese version of the American TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) system has been in service since 1970.

IS 'Driven From Assyrian Villages' in Syria

(BBC) -- Islamic State fighters have been driven out of Assyrian Christian villages in Syria that they seized in February, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Kurdish fighters had retaken the villages along the Khabur river in north-eastern Syria.

Iraq Risks Sinking Into Sectarian War, Analysts Say

By Sharon Behn

WASHINGTON (VOA) -- With the fall of Ramadi to the Sunni-led Islamic State extremists and Iraqi Shi'ite militias gearing up to fight them, the fear in Washington, and in the region, is that Iraq once again will sink into all-out sectarian war.

Is Turkey Arming Radical Groups in Syria?

By Semih Idiz

The accusation that Turkey has provided radical Islamists in Syria with weapons, and keeps doing so, continues to be voiced despite government officials' denials.

Kurdish Forces Attack Islamic State's Positions West Mosul

Erbil, Kurdistan Region -- The Peshmerga forces attacked the bases of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in the western areas of Mosul, with an air cover by the U.S.-led coalition's warplanes, military sources in Iraqi Kurdistan reported on Tuesday.

Syria Launches Airstrike In Palmyra; ISIS Executes More Civilians

By Sounak Mukhopadhyay

Syria has launched airstrikes against Islamic State group forces in Palmyra. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian government launched 15 strikes in the ancient city. The airstrikes came after the government forces withdrew from Palmyra.

Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria

(AINA) -- An Assyrian priest and deacon were kidnapped yesterday in Homs, Syria. According to witnesses, two armed men riding a motorcycle entered the grounds of the Mar Ilyan al-Sharqi monastery of the Assyrian Catholic Church at about 3 PM.

Indicted Assyrian Attorney Faces Trial

Chicago (AINA) -- Hundreds of supporters are expected to attend the trial of Assyrian-American attorney Robert DeKelaita. DeKelaita faces federal immigration fraud charges alleging that the long-time activist has falsified accounts of Christian persecution in Iraq.

Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released

(AINA) -- Juliana George, a 16 year-old Assyrian girl who was kidnapped from her home in Baghdad 9 days ago (AINA 2015-05-12), was released yesterday after a $55,000 ransom was paid. According to her father, George, Juliana was badly frightened by the experience but was not apparently mistreated.

Reflections on the Assyrian Genocide and the Next 100 Years

By Robert W. DeKelaita

(AINA) -- As a child I sat and listened to my grandfather Benjamin recount how he, as an orphaned child, had to carefully step over the dead bodies of his relatives and friends, as he made his escape from the Assyrian village of Mar Bishu in 1915.

Teaching People to Commit Genocide

By Hannibal Travis

(AINA) -- The United Nations often pays lip service to the need to stop educational instruction that could motivate genocidal attacks on national or religious groups.

The Middle East and Its Grim Near-Future Development

By Markus Tozman

(AINA) -- O my dear, they are making such a horrible muddle of the Near East, I confidently anticipate that it will be much worse than it was before the war … It's like a nightmare in which you foresee all the horrible things which are going to happen and can't stretch out your hand to prevent...

Hamilton's Assyrians Have Youngest Church Reader in World

By Carmela Fragomeni

Hamilton, Ontario -- At Hamilton's St. Mari Assyrian Church, parishioners endearingly call George Hashimoto, 13, their "small deacon." "We're proud of him," says Evette Haddad. "He's unique, so we gave him that little title." George is the church's "Old Testament Reader.


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Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria
Indicted Assyrian Attorney Faces Trial
Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released
Assyrian Girl, 16, Abducted in Baghdad
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•  Facing Annihilation: Innocent Assyrian victims of an unfolding Genocide
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•  The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement
•  Theater, Language and Inter-Ethnic Exchange: Assyrian Performance Before WWI
•  Assyrians In Iraq
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•  The Cross and the Lotus

News »

Assyrian Monks Won't Leave Ancient Monastery Amid ISIL Threat
After ISIS Gains In Anbar, Palmyra, Syria Wants More Coordination With Iraq
Islamic State Suicide Attacks Hinder Iraq's Anbar Push
China Unofficially Arms The Kurds
IS 'Driven From Assyrian Villages' in Syria
Iraq Risks Sinking Into Sectarian War, Analysts Say
Is Turkey Arming Radical Groups in Syria?
Kurdish Forces Attack Islamic State's Positions West Mosul
Syria Launches Airstrike In Palmyra; ISIS Executes More Civilians
How Islamic State's Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess

Editorials »

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
US, Europe Must Arm the Assyrians, Provide Immediate Humanitarian Aid
Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day As History Repeats Itself

Opinion Editorials »

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
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?

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