Chaldean Archbishop: a Mideast Without Christians?

By Tracey McClure

A Middle East without its Christians would be like a garden without flowers: that's what Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Thomas Meram of Urmia, Deputy President of the Iranian Bishops Conference, says about the persecution of Christians in the region.

Lebanon Getting Drawn Into War With ISIL

BEIRUT (AP) -- With all eyes on the militant group ISIL's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hizbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with...

Priests Race to Save Manuscripts From Jihadists in Iraq

As fighters from the Islamic State group rampage across northern Syria and Iraq, a group of priests are racing against time to save what's left of the region's Christian heritage. Dominican Order priests have already managed to get many precious artifacts and manuscripts safely to Erbil in Kurdistan.

Ruined History

By Josh Gelernter

This week, a gigantic, 3,300-year-old religious complex was discovered in central Israel. It's not clear whom the complex was aimed at, god-wise; possibly "Ba'al," a Levantine pagan deity whose cult waned as Judaism grew.

Assyrian Genocide Monument Erected in Athens

Athens, Greece (AINA) -- An Assyrian genocide monument was erected yesterday in Athens, Greece, where 8,000 Assyrians live. The monument is a memorial for the Assyrian victims of the Turkish genocide of Christians in World War One, which claimed 750,000 Assyrians (75%), 1.

Rains Cause Flooding in Refugee Camps in Dohuk, Iraq

Dohuk, Iraq (AINA) -- Heavy rains flooded refugee camps in Dohuk, Iraq, where an estimated 100,000 Iraqis fled when ISIS entered the Nineveh Plain on August 7. The refugees are mostly Assyrians and Yazidis. Hundreds of refugees were forced to abandon their tents after they were flooded by the rains.

Mosul Residents Living in Sadness and Terror Under ISIS

(AINA) -- Reporting via telephone, residents of Mosul describe a life of terror and sadness, living under strict Sharia law as imposed by ISIS. A general silence hangs over the city. ISIS continues carrying out random executions of young men and public figures. The most recent execution was of Ms.

Assyrian Mother and Three Sons Murdered in Baghdad

(AINA) -- According to a report by Al-Masalah, an Iraqi news outlet, a security source in Baghdad confirmed on Saturday that on September 27 armed men assaulted a home in southwest Baghdad and killed an Assyrian family of four.

Assyrian Appointed Sweden's Minister of Energy

Stockholm (AINA) -- Ibrahim Baylan, a member of Sweden's Social Democratic Party, has been appointed as Sweden's Minister of Energy. Mr. Baylan was elected to the Swedish Parliament on September 14, along with four other Assyrians (AINA 2014-09-19). Ibrahim Baylan was born in Turabdin, Turkey.

The Historic Visit of Five Patriarchs to North Iraq

By Peter BetBasoo

(AINA) -- On Wednesday, August 20 five Patriarchs from the Middle East visited Arbel in north Iraq to show support for the beleaguered Assyrian Christian community (AINA 2014-08-21) and to call attention to the cultural genocide that is being committed against it by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination

By Yeghig Tashjian

(AINA) -- As World War I broke out, the Turkish government implemented the plan to destroy the Christian communities within its empire. Around 2 million (1,500,000 Armenians, 750,000 Assyrians and 500,000 Pontic Greeks) were massacred and others deported from their ancestral lands.

Further Arming the Kurds Could Prove Dangerous

By Konstantin Sabo

(AINA) -- Almost on a daily basis we are hear unthinkable and heartbreaking news about the cruelties that the Islamic State (ISIS) is committing in North Iraq, particularly against Assyrians and Yazidis. The Nineveh Plain is an area north of Mosul.

Digital Reconstruction of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq.

Meet the Iraqi Assyrian Couple Attending Pope Francis' Synod

By Elizabeth Dias

Baghdad has been home to Riyadh Azzu and Sanaa Habeeb for their entire lives. It is where they first met at church in 1969, married in 1976, developed their careers--he is an engineer, she is a pharmacist--and raised their son and daughter, who are now both doctors.


AINA News »

Assyrian Genocide Monument Erected in Athens
Rains Cause Flooding in Refugee Camps in Dohuk, Iraq
European Assyrians Lobby EU for Relief for Assyrians in Iraq
October 4 Report on North Iraq -- Yazidis Still Trapped on Sinjar, Patients Expelled From Hospitals
Mosul Residents Living in Sadness and Terror Under ISIS
Assyrian Mother and Three Sons Murdered in Baghdad
Assyrian Appointed Sweden's Minister of Energy
Three Assyrians Kidnapped in Syria
Islamists Destroy 7th Century Church, Mosque in Tikrit, Iraq
Documentary on Assyrian Genocide to Premiere for Centennial Commemoration
Assyrians in Iraq Should Go for Self-Determination
5K Walk Calls Attention to Assyrian Suffering in Iraq
5 Assyrians Elected to Swedish Parliament
The Minorities of the Nineveh Plain and the Demand for a Safe Haven
Joint Assyrian, Armenian Letter Sent to House Foreign Affairs Committee

Reports »

•  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
•  Between the Barbed Wire: Syrian Christian Refugees in Lebanon
•  Human Rights Report on Assyrians in Iraq, 2011
•  The Situation of Assyrians in Northern Iraq

Articles »

•  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 »

Chaldean Archbishop: a Mideast Without Christians?
Lebanon Getting Drawn Into War With ISIL
ISIS Forces Launch Multiple Attacks on Kurdish Territory in Iraq, Officials Say
Syria Tribal Revolt Against Islamic State Ignored, Fueling Resentment
Phoenix Catholics Stand in Solidarity With Christians Fleeing Persecution
Priests Race to Save Manuscripts From Jihadists in Iraq
Ruined History
Thousands of Years of Christian Culture Are Being Destroyed
Kurdish-Iraqi Deputy: 70 Percent of Nineveh Liberated From ISIS
Armenian and Syrian Orthodox Patriarchs: Recognize the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide

Editorials »

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
99 Years of Turkish Genocide
Will the Assyrian Orthodox Church Split After the Death of the Patriarch?
Turkey's Role in the Kidnapping of the Syrian Bishops

Opinion Editorials »

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
The West Must Not Ignore the Plight of Christians in the Muslim World
The Kurds: Victims and Oppressors
Barzani Calls Assyrian Massacre Victims 'Kurds'
Assyrian Girl Escapes Muslim Death Threats in Iraq, Fights Cancer in Lebanon

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How Commerce and Conquest Spread the Ancient Cultures of the Middle East Across the Mediterranean
A Lifetime of Cooking Secrets
The Rise and Fall of Great Empires
Meet Randa Markos, the Assyrian Refugee-Turned-UFC Fighter
The First Assyrian Settlers in Canada
475 Families to Bring Out Handwritten Bible
8th World Syriac Conference Opened
From the Mountains of the Servants of God
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