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Assyrian Man Kidnapped, Killed in Syria

July 25, 2017 Featured
Dr. Basil Isaac, an Assyrian from Tel Shamiram in Syria, was kidnapped and killed by unknown assailants. (AINA)

AINA – 25/7/17 Hasaka, Syria (AINA) — The body of an Assyrian man, Dr. Basil Isaac, was found two days ago in a village eight kilometers west of Hasaka, three days after he was kidnapped. He died from a gun shot to the head. He was buried in his home village of Tel Shamiram. Dr. […]

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Church Publishes Names of 21 Assyrians Killed By ISIS in Qaryatain

April 16, 2016 Featured News
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16/4/16 +MEMORY ETERNAL+ (AINA) — The Syriac Orthodox Church has published the names of the 21 Assyrians who were killed by ISIS in the town of al-Qaryatain, Syria, which was captured by ISIS in August, 2015 (AINA 2015-08-07). ISIS captured 250 Assyrians in the initial attack. The official facebook page of the Syriac Orthodox Church […]

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ISIS Release Assyrian Girl in Syria

March 28, 2016 Featured News
Miriam David Talya, an Assyrian girl who was captured by ISIS last year was released yesterday.

28/3/2016 (AINA) — An Assyrian girl who was captured by ISIS on February 23 last year was released yesterday by ISIS. The girl, Miriam David Talya, was among the 253 Assyrians who were captured by ISIS last year when it attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river, in Hassaka, Syria. Miriam was supposed […]

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ISIS Release 43 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

February 23, 2016 Featured News
Bishop Aprim stands with the Assyrians released by ISIS.

22/2/16 (AINA) — ISIS today released 43 Assyrian hostages in Syria who were captured captured on February 23 when ISIS attacked the 35 Assyrian villages on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province. According to the Assyrian Church of the East, there are no more Assyrians from Khabur being held by ISIS. However, ISIS is […]

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US Government Must Designate ISIS Attacks As Genocide for All Groups

November 14, 2015 Featured News
Christina Khader Ebada, a 3 year-old Assyrian girl, was abducted from her family last August by ISIS as they were leaving Baghdede.

14/11/15 (AINA) — There are reports in the media that state the Obama Administration will designate ISIS’s attacks on Yazidis in Iraq as genocide, without giving the same designation to ISIS’s attacks on Assyrians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even though these attacks against these groups were conducted by ISIS indiscriminately and in […]

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Assyrians, Armenians in Syria Protest Kurdish Confiscation of Property

November 4, 2015 Featured News
The Amal Assyrian Elementary School in Hasaka, Syria, which has been occupied by the YPD Kurdish militia.

11/4/15 Qamishli, Syria (AINA) — Sixteen Assyrian and Armenian organizations have issued a statement protesting Kurdish expropriation of private property in the Hasaka province of Syria. The statement accuses the Democratic Union Party (YPD), the Syrian wing of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), of human rights violations, expropriation of private property, illegal military conscription […]

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ISIS Release 50 Assyrians Captured in Qaryatain – Syria

October 16, 2015 Featured News

October 2015 (AINA) — ISIS has released 50 of the 250 Assyrians who were captured in Qaryatain, Syria on August 7 (AINA 2015-08-07). ISIS released 15 Assyrians from this same group of hostages on September 4 after they paid the jizya (Muslim poll tax) (AINA2015-09-04). 185 Assyrians of Qaryatain remain prisoners of ISIS. The 50 […]

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ISIS Release 15 Assyrians Captured in Qaryatain – Syria

September 5, 2015 Featured News

5/9/15 (AINA) — ISIS has released 15 Assyrians who were captured in the town of Qaryatain, Syria after they paid the jizya (poll tax). The 15 were among the 250 Assyrians captured when Qaryatain fell to ISIS on August 6 (AINA 2015-08-07). After capturing Qaryatain, ISIS issued an ultimatum to the Christian population: pay the […]

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ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria

August 21, 2015 Featured News
An ISIS fighters stands in the rubble of St. Elian monastery, an Assyrian monastery from the 5th century, after it has been destroyed.

August 2015 (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. Related: Attacks on […]

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Church Bells to Ring for Christians in the Middle East

August 10, 2015 Featured News

August 2015 Fribourg, Switzerland (AINA) — Charles Morerod, Bishop of Fribourg, Lausanne and Geneva invited all churches of his diocese to ring their bells at noon on August 15. With this action he joins an initiative of various dioceses in France who want to demonstrate this action as a sign of solidarity with the Christians […]

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Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released

May 15, 2015 Featured News

15/5/15 (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. “I fear for her and my […]

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Assyrian Girl Abducted in Baghdad

May 14, 2015 Featured News
16 year-old Assyrian girl Juliana George was kidnapped in Baghdad 7 days ago.

May 2015 Baghdad (AINA) — A 16 year-old Assyrian girl, Juliana George, was abducted from her home in Baghdad 7 days ago. A person knocked on the door of her home and when she answered she was abducted by 4 men and placed into a taxi which sped away. Her grandfather Joseph, who is a […]

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Assyrians in Turkey Begin 100 Hour Hunger Strike to Commemorate Genocide

April 23, 2015 Featured News
Assyrians hunger strike in the Mardin, Turkey, to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks.

23/4/15 Midyat, Turkey (AINA) — On the centennial anniversary the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks, Assyrians in Midyat have begun a 100 hour hunger strike commemorating the victims of the genocide. The strike was organized by the Assyrian Genocide committee and is being held in the building of the Federation of Assyrian Associations. […]

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100 Years of Turkish Genocide

April 21, 2015 Featured News

21/4/15 (AINA) — On April 24, 1915 the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians began very simply, without pomp and circumstance. “We have made a clean sweep of the Armenians and Assyrians of Azerbaijan.” Those were the words of Djevdet Bey, the governor of Van Province in Ottoman Turkey, who on April 24, 1915 […]

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Australian MPs Condemn Vandalism of Assyrian Genocide Monument

April 18, 2015 Featured News

18/4/15 (AINA) — Members of the Australian Parliament have condemned the vandalism of the Assyrian Genocide Monument located in Bonnyrigg, a suburb of Sydney. The monument was defaced yesterday with offensive language and racial insults towards the Assyrian, Armenian and Jewish communities (AINA 2015-04-16). MP Guy Zangari, the Shadow Minister for Trade and Tourism, issued […]

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Assyrian Genocide Monument in Sydney Vandalized for Third Time

April 17, 2015 Featured News

17/4/15 Sydney (AINA) — The Assyrian genocide monument in Bonnyrigg was vandalized yesterday for the third time (AINA 2012-04-06) since it was erected on August 20, 2010 (AINA 2010-08-07). The monument is in memory of the 750,000 Assyrians who were killed by Ottoman Turks and Kurds in World War One, between 1915 and 1918. That […]

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Swedish City to Host Assyrian Genocide Exhibiton

April 12, 2015 Featured News

12/4/15 Sodertalje, Sweden (AINA) — The City Hall of the Swedish city of Sodertalje, 36 kilometers south of Stockholm, will host an exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Assyrian, Greek and Armenian Genocide. Sodertalje is home to 30,000 Assyrians, a quarter of the population. The city council made the decision to host the […]

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Dutch Parliament Recognizes Assyrian, Greek and Armenian Genocide

April 10, 2015 Featured News
Joel Voordewind, member of the Dutch Parliament.

10/4/15 The Hague (AINA) — The Dutch Parliament passed a binding resolution yesterday recognizing the genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One. The resolution, tabled by MP Joel Voordewind from the Christian Union party, enjoyed wide support from the various parties, including Christian Union, People’s Party for Freedom and […]

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European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling for Assyrian Safe Haven in North Iraq

March 13, 2015 Featured News
An Assyrian house in Telsqof, Iraq destroyed by ISIS.

13/3/15 (AINA) — The European Parliament has passed a non-bindingresolution calling for the establishment of an Assyrian safe haven in north Iraq. Citing the attacks by ISIS on Assyrians in Iraq and Syria, including the abduction of nearly 300 Assyrians, the killing of dozens of Assyrians in the attacks on their villages in Syria, the […]

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Brick By Brick, Person By Person, ISIS is Erasing Assyrians From Their Homelands

March 7, 2015 Featured News
The ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, which was destroyed by ISIS on March 5.

  7/3/15 (AINA) — Yesterday ISIS destroyed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, a city dating back to 1400 B.C. and was one of the capitals of Assyria. A week before that ISIS destroyed the Museum of Mosul, which contained priceless Assyrian artifacts. A week before that ISIS attacked 35 Assyrian villages in Khabur Syria, […]

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Unconfirmed Reports of the Release of All Assyrians Held By ISIS

March 7, 2015 Featured News
Joseph and Sargon Sarkis -- two of the Assyrians captured by ISIS.

7/3/15 (AINA) — Sources in Hasaka are reporting that ISIS has released all the Assyrians it had captured when it attacked Assyrian villages on the Khabur River on February 23. But AINA could not verify these reports. If the hostages have been released, they are still in ISIS held territory and have not yet reached […]

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