Iraq Assyrians Train to Recapture Homes From IS

(AFP) -- With wooden crosses around their necks and others tattooed on their arms, several dozen Iraqi Christians are training to recapture their homes overrun by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Arabs Fleeing Islamic State Upset Kurdistan's Ethnic Balance

By Yaroslav Trofimov

SHAQLAWA, Iraq -- Nestled amid pine-covered hills, this Kurdish resort town has long welcomed visitors seeking relief from the sweltering heat of the Iraqi plains below. But now Shaqlawa isn't so Kurdish anymore, and the welcome has begun to wear out.

Syria Recaptures Area From ISIL in Northeastern City

Syrian troops and pro-government forces have recaptured another major district in the northeastern city of Hasakah from ISIL militants. Syria's state TV said on Tuesday that government forces pushed back the ISIL militants from the Eastern Ghoweiran neighborhood, which is located south of Hasakah.

The Islamic State One Year After The Caliphate Declaration

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

As we pass the one-year anniversary since the announcement of ISIS's so-called "caliphate" demanding the allegiance of the world's Muslims and ultimately sovereignty over the entire world, much of the commentary has been far too ephemeral.

Assyrian Conference Concludes in Sydney

Sydney (AINA) -- The 2015 Assyria Day Conference, dedicated to helping Assyrians through advocacy, education and communication, concluded on Sunday, June 28.

Assyrians Fleeing Hasaka, Syria

By Bar Daisan

Qamishle, Syria (AINA) -- After some fighting close to the Syrian city of Hasaka in northern Syria, ISIS entered some neighborhoods of the city on June 25. More than 2,000 Assyrian Christian families are among those who escaped to Qamishle via the Turkish border town Nusaybin.

Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria

(AINA) -- A video posted on youtube by the Syriac Military Council (NFS), an Assyrian militia that has been fighting ISIS in Syria, shows members of MFS entering the Assyrian village of Tel Shamiram after it has been liberated from ISIS. The video shows massive destruction in the village.

AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack

(AINA) -- AINA's website was the target of a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) which made the site unavailable for more than one week. The attack was launched on June 8 and continued until yesterday. The source of the attack is unknown.

ISIS Release Assyrian Hostage in Syria

(AINA) -- ISIS released yesterday one of the 253 Assyrians who were captured in Syria on February 23, when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river, near Hasaka.

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...

Assyrian Violinist Fled Syria And Found Refuge On The Stage

By Hayes Brown

WASHINGTON -- Mariela Shaker is singular. A virtuoso, as some have called her. When she takes the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, all eyes will be on her. She is also one of nearly four million.

Superweapon of the Ancient World

The chariot is often associated with the ancient Egyptian civilization. It became a prominent weapon of war during the New Kingdom. In fact, it is often considered a superweapon of the ancient world.


AINA News »

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Calls on Youth to Defend Their Lands in Syria
Assyrian Conference Concludes in Sydney
Assyrians Fleeing Hasaka, Syria
Video Shows Massive Destruction in Liberated Assyrian Village in Syria
AINA Brought Down By Massive Denial of Service Attack
ISIS Release Assyrian Hostage in Syria
Assyrian Church Council Postpones Election of New Patriarch, Condemns Persecution
Kurdish Forces Arrest 4 Members for Murder of Assyrian Commander
ISIS Release Two Assyrian Hostages in Syria, All 35 Assyrian Villages Liberated
ISIS Burn Assyrian Woman, 80, in North Iraq
Assyrian Federations Accuse YPG Kurds of Assassinating Assyrian Military Leader
Assyrian Priest, Deacon Kidnapped in Homs, Syria
Indicted Assyrian Attorney Faces Trial
Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released
Assyrian Girl, 16, Abducted in Baghdad

Reports »

•  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 »

Bloody ISIS Campaign Spills Across Region, Into Egypt
Iraq Assyrians Train to Recapture Homes From IS
Despite Threats From ISIS, Iraq's Assyrians Find Ways to Survive and Think About Their Future
ISIS Commits Ethno-Religious Slaughter of Assyrian Christians As the World Ignores Genocide
Revisiting the Sykes-Picot Agreement
Arabs Fleeing Islamic State Upset Kurdistan's Ethnic Balance
Hasakah Under Fire As Clashes Continue Between Syrian Forces and Islamists
Syria Recaptures Area From ISIL in Northeastern City
The Islamic State One Year After The Caliphate Declaration
Coptic Christians Flee North Sinai

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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