Why Syrians Do Not Flee to Gulf States

By Amira Fathalla

(BBC) -- As the crisis brews over Syrian refugees trying to enter European countries, questions have been raised over why they are not heading to wealthy Gulf states closer to home.

Iraq: The Other, More Important, War

The fighting, mostly against ISIL, left 1,325 Iraqis (security forces and civilians) dead in August, which is almost identical to the 1,332 Iraqis killed in July. That was down slightly from June (1,466) but still higher than 1,100 dead in May.

The Future of Iraqi and Syrian Martyrs

By Fady Noun

Beirut -- Like in a flashback that almost never ends, Syrian Catholic Bishop Flavianus Michael Malke was beatified last Saturday during a religious ceremony at the Patriarchal Convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Harissa, Lebanon.

Syria's Ailing Water Network Could Spark Epidemics: Red Cross

By Stephanie Nebehay

(Reuters) -- Syria's water network, heavily damaged by bombs and shelling, is at risk of collapse as its civil war drags on, increasing the threat of deadly typhoid or cholera outbreaks, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria

(AINA) -- Photos posted on ISIS social media sites show the destruction of Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria, which is near Homs. Qaryatain fell to ISIS on August 6 (AINA 2015-08-07). An estimated 1,400 Syriac Orthodox and 400 Syriac Catholic Assyrians lived in Qaryatain before it fell to ISIS.

Relative of Assyrians Released By ISIS Speaks

Stockholm (AINA) -- The Swedish Newspaper Lanstidningen interviewed Sabah Elijah, who verfified the authenticity of the video which appeared this week on Youtube (AINA 2015-08-15) showing Assyrian men, women and children who were captured by ISIS in Syria appealing for help.

Assyrian Captives of ISIS Appeal for Help in Video

(AINA) -- A video appeared yesterday on Youtube showing Assyrian men, women and children who were captured by ISIS in Syria appealing for help. The video shows ten men who say their name, year of birth and the village they come from in Arabic. Each statement is preceded by "I am Nisrani" (Christian).

Report on Turkish and Kurdish Confiscation of Assyrian Property

By Augin Kurt Haninke

(AINA) -- The German journalist Susanne Gusten in Istanbul has recently compiled a report showing that both the government and the Kurds confiscate Assyrian property. She suggests measures to be taken by the government to minimize the damage.

Kurdish Militia Occupies Assyrian School in Hasaka, Syria

(AINA) -- According to a report from Swedish-based AssyriaTV, the YPG, the Kurdish militia in Syria, has occupied an Assyrian school in the city of Hasaka for the last three weeks and is using it as a base of operations. Hundreds of Assyrian students are at risk of missing the start of school year.

7 Assyrian Villages in Northern Iraq Hit By Turkish Air Strikes

(AINA) -- The German public TV channel ARD reported yesterday that Assyrian villages in the Qandil mountains were hit by the recent Turkish air strikes against the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party. The villages hit by air strikes were Sharanish, Baz, Barwary Bala, Hayes, Dawoodiya and Margerija.

ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

(AINA) -- ISIS has released 22 Assyrians that it captured on February 23 when it attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. ISIS captured 253 in the initial attack and drove 3,000 Assyrians from their villages. Most have not returned.

Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On June 10, 2014 ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. On August 7, 2014 ISIS drove into the Nineveh Plains north and east of Mosul, causing nearly 200,000 Assyrians to flee their villages.

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.

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...

Life and Exile At Assyrian Lake

By Maxim Edwards

A circuitous road, more concept than fact, marked by the mud ruts of occasional yet indomitable old Niva jeeps, navigates the mountains of Armenia's Khosrov National Nature Reserve to a mountainside above a tributary of the Azat River.

Disappearing Ancient Texts Could Be Saved By Solar-Powered Device

By Owen Jarus

TORONTO -- A 13th-century text recording the discoveries of a medieval polymath, a handwritten dictionary that may help decipher ancient texts, a magical text dating back hundreds of years and writings etched on palm leaves that record centuries of history.


AINA News »

U.S. Government Should Stop Prosecution of Assyrian Attorney
ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria
Relative of Assyrians Released By ISIS Speaks
Assyrian Captives of ISIS Appeal for Help in Video
Report on Turkish and Kurdish Confiscation of Assyrian Property
Kurdish Militia Occupies Assyrian School in Hasaka, Syria
7 Assyrian Villages in Northern Iraq Hit By Turkish Air Strikes
ISIS Release 22 Assyrian Hostages in Syria
Kurds Build Cemetery, Park in Heart of Assyrian Area in Turkey
Church Bells to Ring for Christians in the Middle East
ISIS Captures 250 Assyrians in Syria
Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
Australian Labor Party National Conference Condemns Attempted Genocide of Assyrians in Iraq
Priest Feared Kidnapped in Syria Released
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Calls on Youth to Defend Their Lands in Syria

Reports »

•  The Assyrian Property Issue In Turkey
•  The State of Iraq's Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul
•  The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Miinorities in Iraq
•  The Assyrians: a People without Rights
•  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

Articles »

•  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

News »

The Arab World's Wealthiest Nations Are Doing Next to Nothing for Syria's Refugees
Turkish Parliament Renews Mandate for Military Operations in Syria, Iraq
Why Syrians Do Not Flee to Gulf States
Turkey Arrests Suspected Traffickers Over Refugee Boy's Death
Syrian Church Leader Begs Christians to Stay Despite War and Persecution
Iraq: The Other, More Important, War
The Future of Iraqi and Syrian Martyrs
Syria's Ailing Water Network Could Spark Epidemics: Red Cross
Beware Making Mideast Christians 'Collateral Damage,' Patriarch Warns
Isis Asks Christians in Syria to Either Pay Tax, Convert to Islam or Leave

Editorials »

Assyrians Should Leave the Middle East
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

Opinion Editorials »

U.S. Government Should Stop Prosecution of Assyrian Attorney
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

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Life and Exile At Assyrian Lake
Disappearing Ancient Texts Could Be Saved By Solar-Powered Device
Festival to Provide Authentic Assyrian Experience
Top 10 Oldest Languages in the World
Beneil Dariush and His Assyrian Heritage
An Assyrian City Inhabited Since Fourth Millennium BC
The Slow Death of Detroit's Chaldean Town
Spotlight on the Eastern Churches: The Syriac Orthodox Church
Investigating the Origins of Assyrian Government
Catholic University Exhibit Highlights Assyrian Christian Traditions
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