Symposium on Assyrian Culture and History to Be Held At Library of Congress

AINA- 28/5/16 (AINA) -- A symposium titled Assyrian Legacy: From Ancient Civilization to Modern Cultural Revival will be held on June 10 in Washington at the U.S. Library of Congress, located at the historic Thomas Jefferson building on 101 Independence Avenue SE. The symposium, sponsored by the Assyrian Universal Alliance, is comprised of three sessions on topics ...

PYD Impose Kurdish Education Curricula on Assyrians, Arabs in Syria

Teacher Jacob Lahmo explains Assyrians fonts. The language of the Assyrian Christians is now taught again in Syria but its speakers fear being marginalized. ( Sebastian Backhaus/Welt)

By Bar Daisan - May 2016 (AINA) -- The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the Syrian branch of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) from Turkey, and some attached allied non-Kurdish groups, declared a so-called autonomous federation in the northern part of Syria in March 2016. The PYD was strengthened by support from the ...

ISIS Attack Assyrian District in Syria, Five Killed

Three Assyrians killed by ISIS attacks in al-Wusta district of Qamishle, Syria. From left to right: George Lahdo, Karim Simon and Toma Khosho. ( AINA)

22/5/16 (AINA) -- An attack by ISIS in the al-Wusta district of Qamishle, Syria killed at least five persons, three of them Assyrians, and injured more than a dozen. This is the third time al-Wusta, inhabited almost exclusively by Assyrians, has been attacked (AINA 2016-01-24). Related: Attacks on Assyrians in Syria ISIS terrorist stormed the area near Miami ...

Assyrians in Sydney Demonstrate Against Kurdish Occupation of Assyrian Villages

Assyrian Universal Alliance - May 2016 Sydney -- Over 500 people descended on Martin Place in a public demonstration organised by the Assyrian Council of Australia. The demonstrators demanded an end to Kurdish aggression in the occupied Assyrian homeland as well as the brutal atrocities currently taking place against the Assyrian Christians in Iraq and Syria as ...

Chaldean Patriarch Appeals to Iraqi Leaders to Work for Reconciliation

AINA- May 2016 Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad urged Iraq's leaders to put an end to the "institutional, economic and security deterioration" in the country. "We call upon you, with a saddened heart and sorrow because of what is happening in Iraq and because the people are suffering from violence, poverty and misery," Patriarch Sako ...

Aleppo Terror is Worse Than Ever: Priest

By Oliver Maksan and John Newton Aid to the Church in Need - May 2016 A FRANCISCAN priest in bomb-stricken Aleppo has called for the prayers of Christians worldwide, describing what he calls the worst violence since the Syrian conflict began more than five years ago. Fr Ibrahim Alsabagh told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: "Never, ...

Syrian Bishop: West Must Stop Welcoming Refugees

www.aina.org - By Thomas D. Williams - May 2016 According to the Archbishop of Aleppo, when Westerners open their doors to Syrian refugees, it hurts, rather than helps, their cause. The solution lies not in welcoming more refugees, but in helping resolve the situation back home so they will not need to leave. Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart said ...

Australia Recognizes Crimes Committed By ISIS Against Assyrians As Genocide

Assyrian Universal Alliance - 2/5/16 In a historic and unprecedented move at the request of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, the Australian House of Representatives today recognized without objection that crimes committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against Assyrians are 'genocide'. The lengthy and comprehensive motion recognizes the "Assyrian people" as "an original and Indigenous ...

Assyrian Genocide Documentary to Premiere in US Theaters

April 2016 (AINA) -- Silence After The Storm, a 25-minute reflective documentary about the current Assyrian Genocide, will premiere in Chicago at the Logan Theater on May 7th, In Phoenix at the Super Saver Cinemas on May 14th, and in Beverly Hills at the Laemmle's Music Hall on May 22nd. Directed by Sargon Saadi, the film was ...

Church Publishes Names of 21 Assyrians Killed By ISIS in Qaryatain

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 published the following ...

ISIS Release Assyrian Girl in Syria

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 to be ...

Kurdish Flag Spray-painted on 7th Century BC Assyrian Relief

Khinnis, a 7th century BC Assyrian archaeological site, has been vandalized with a spray-painted Kurdish flag. ( Adam Mirani/Twitter)

26/2/16 (AINA) -- A 7th century B.C. Assyrian archaeological site in north Iraq has been vandalized. A picture posted on the twitter accountof a Kurdish man shows a Kurdish flag spray-painted on the nearly 3,000 year old relief. The site is known as the Maltai relief site and it was carved during the reign of Assyrian ...

ISIS Release 43 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

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 still ...

Coalition Urges Obama to Designate ISIS Actions As Genocide for All Groups

The St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal, Syria, was bombed by ISIS on April 28, 2015.

18/2/16 (AINA) -- A coalition of 110 organizations and individuals has sent a letter to President Obama urging him to recognize the crimes committed by ISIS against minorities in the Middle East as genocide. The letter was spearheaded by the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. The Obama administration and the U.S. State Department have signalled that only the ...

Funeral Held for 13 Assyrians Killed in Restaurant Bombings in Syria

December 2015- January 2016 Qamishli, Syria (AINA) -- A funeral service was held today in Qamishli for the 13 Assyrians who were killed yesterday in the bombing of three restaurants (AINA 2015-12-30). The attacks were carried out by ISIS, who have claimed responsibility. At least one of the attacks was by a suicide bomber. All of ...

List of Assyrian and Other Churches Destroyed in Syria

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13/12/15 (AINA) -- The following is a list of Assyrian churches and monasteries in Syria that have been destroyed by ISIS and other Muslim groups. Also included is a list of non-Assyrian churches that have been destroyed. Attacks on Christians in Syria began almost immediately after the Syrian civil war began. The attacks have targeted villages, churches ...

Funeral Held for Assyrians Killed By ISIS Bombing in Syria

12/12/15 (AINA) -- A combined funeral was held today in Tel Tamar, Syria for the 4 Assyrians who were killed by the triple ISIS suicide bombings yesterday. The deceased Assyrians have been identified as George Ballo, Slivo Isaac, Milia Tolo and Hisham Bato. The death toll from the bombings is between 50 and 60, with over 100 ...

Three Car Bombs Explode in Assyrian Town in Syria – 50 Killed

12/12/15 (AINA) -- Three car bombs exploded yesterday in the Assyrian town of Tel Tamar in the Hassaka province of Syria, killing 50 people and wounding 100. At least 4 Assyrians were killed. One of the bombs targeted a Kurdish field hospital, the other the Souk Al Jumla market square. Two of the Assyrians killed have ...

ISIS Release 25 Assyrian Hostages in Syria

10/12/15 (AINA) -- ISIS today released 25 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. Al of the hostages are men, two of them boys ...

Assyrian Farmer in Turkey Attacked By Kurds

Iskandar Dayan, an Assyrian farmer in south-east Turkey who was attacked by Kurds, in hospital.

November 2015 (AINA) -- Iskandar Dayan, an Assyrian farmer living in south-east Turkey near the Syrian border, was attacked and severely beaten by twelve Kurds on November 16. Mr. Dayan was driving his tractor alone when approached by the twelve Kurds, whom he recognized as being from a neighboring Kurdish village. The Kurds beat him, breaking ...

The Assyrians of Paris

St. Thomas The Apostle Assyrian church in Sarcelles, France.

(AINA) -- The shocking terrorist strikes in Paris on the evening of November 13 have caught the attention of the world. While political leaders send expressions of condolence and support to President Hollande and his nation, individuals with friends and family in Paris have been clambering to seek assurances of their safety. I am a frequent ...