Assyrian Leader Meets New Head of Syrian Parliament

October 8, 2017 News
The Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, Yonathan Betkolia, shaking hands with Hamoudeh Sabbagh, the recently elected Speaker of the People

AINA – October 2017 Damascus (AINA) — The Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, Yonathan Betkolia, met yesterday with Hamoudeh Sabbagh, the recently elected Speaker of the People’s Council of Syria in Damascus . Mr. Sabbagh is also an Assyrian. Mr. Betkolia is the Assyrian representative in the Parliament of Iran. The Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) […]

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Two New Orthodox Christian Martyrs – Gregory and Roman

October 7, 2017 Featured

OrthodoxChurch – 7/10/17 Roman Zabolotny, 39, and Grigory Tsurkanu, 38, the two Russian martyrs fought in Syria and were captured by ISIS. They refused to renounce Orthodox Christian faith in Lord Jesus Christ and refused to convert to Islam and join ISIS. All sources indicate that two martyrs have been executed at the public square in […]

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Assyrian Umbrella Organization Asks UN to Support Assyrians in North Iraq

September 22, 2017 Featured

AINA – 22/9/17 (AINA) — The Assyrian Universal Alliance, an umbrella organization for Assyrians worldwide, has sent a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterrs, regarding the establishment of an Assyrian regional government in north Iraq, where the majority of Assyrians remain after being driven out of Iraq since 2004. […]

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September 1, 2017 Featured
00-metropolitans-boulos-and-gregorios-syria-10-11-13  – 1/9/17 During the course of recent negotiations with Hezbollah and the Syrian army, the terrorist organization ISIS denied that it had kidnapped Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo and Oriental Orthodox Metropolitan Johanna Ibrahim, who were abducted on April 22, 2013, reports Hezbollah and the Syrian army recently trapped 300 terrorists from the Islamic State on […]

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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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Swedish EU Parliamentarian Accuses Kurds of Treason Against Assyrians

July 18, 2017 News

AINA – 18/7/17 Stockholm (AINA) — “It’s obvious for me that when the Kurdish Regional Government [KRG] disarmed Assyrians (AINA 2014-08-14) and then didn’t defend the Nineveh Plain [when ISIS attacked], this amounted to treason against the Assyrian people.” These are the words Lars Adaktusson, member of the European Parliament from the Swedish Christian Democratic Party, […]

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Judge halts deportation of 1,400 Iraqis over Justice Dept objections

July 13, 2017 Featured
Protesters rally outside the federal court just before a hearing to consider a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Iraqi nationals facing deportation, in Detroit, Michigan, US, June 21, 2017 © Rebecca Cook / Reuters – 13/7/17 A federal judge in Detroit, Michigan has stopped the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals, many of them Christians, asserting jurisdiction in the case despite objections from the US Justice Department. “This Court concludes that to enforce the Congressional mandate that district courts lacks jurisdiction – despite the compelling context of this case […]

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3 Year-old Assyrian Girl Kidnapped By ISIS Reunited With Her Mother

June 10, 2017 Featured
Christina Khader Ebada, the Assyrian girl kidnapped by ISIS three years ago, reunited with her mother. ( AINA)

AINA- 10/6/17 Dohuk, North Iraq (AINA) — Christina Khader Ebada, the three year-old Assyrian girl who was kidnapped by ISIS three years ago, has been reunited with her family in North Iraq. The Iraqi Army, currently fighting ISIS for the liberation of Mosul, contacted Allen Kakony, a journalist and photographer, and told him “a six-year-old […]

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Assyrian Leader Voices Concern At EU-parliament Conference on Future of Nineveh Plain

June 8, 2017 News
Attiya Gamri (inset), the President of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe. ( AINA)

AINA – 8/6/17 Brussels (AINA) — The President of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE), Attiya Gamri, voiced strong concerns on the treatment of Assyrians and Yazidis by Kurdish military and political groups in northern Iraq during a conference in the European parliament on June 6. The Conference, falling on the third anniversary of the fall […]

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Survivor Julia Ibrahim Speaks on Coptic Bus Attack

June 1, 2017 Featured

Julia Ibrahim: One of the survivors from the Coptic bus attack by ISIS in Egypt. She speaks about the harsh moments during the attack by the terrorists.

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The Martyrs of El Minya, St. Samuel the Confessor and a Plea to the Eastern Orthodox

May 30, 2017 Featured

Fr Kyrillos Ibrahim – 30/5/17 This might be considered a controversial post though I hope not…. It is well known that the main threat facing the Copts of Egypt is terrorism born out of Islamic fundamentalism. The recent attack in El Minya on the Coptic pilgrims visiting St. Samuel the Confessor’s monastery highlights this ongoing […]

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March 6, 2017 Featured
259742.b – 6/3/17 In July 2014, Islamic terrorists destroyed what both Christians and Muslims believe to have been the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul, Iraq. Not content to simply destroy a sacred spot, the ISIS militants then began to dig tunnels under the tomb, seeking for artifacts to plunder. In doing so, archaeologists […]

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March 6, 2017 Featured
259720.p – 6/3/17 As a symbol of victory of light over darkness, of Christ over Satan, a giant cross has been erected on a hill in the Iraqi town of Telekuf-Tesqopa, just seventeen miles from Mosul, following the expulsion of ISIS Islamic Jihadists. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Sako arrived to the village on February […]

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January 4, 2017 Featured News
255914-b – 4/1/17 2016 was a deadly year for being a Christian. According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, which monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, around 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith throughout the year, reports ABC News. Another 500 to 600 million are hindered from practicing their faith freely, […]

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A DAVID & GOLIATH STORY IN IRAQ: An Interview with Filmmaker David Ritter

December 21, 2016 Featured News
Aslan Murad Vartanian (left) with members of the Havresc militia.

Lucine Kasbarian – OCP News Service – 20/12/16 The Iraqi village of Havresc (originally called “Hay Vrej,” the Armenian words for “revenge through survival”) was once populated with Armenian Genocide survivors and their descendants. Circa 1970, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s military destroyed villages, such as Havresc, that were minority strongholds, and pushed their inhabitants into […]

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Relief for Assyrian Town Liberated From ISIS

December 10, 2016 Featured News
20140626144252 – 10/12/16 On August 6, 2014, the Islamic State overran Iraq’s largest Christian city, the city of Qaraqosh. The advance forced thousands of Christians to leave the city after it had been the target of jihadist attacks for weeks. One month before, the Islamic State took over the city of Mosul and many Christian residents […]

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December 8, 2016 Featured News
miriam-david-talya-released-isis-550x310 – 8/12/16 More than 200 abducted Assyrian Christians taken hostage by ISIS in February 2015 were saved by a Syrian priest who managed to raise their ransom money, reports RIA-Novosti. Simultaneous militant attacks in thirty-five Christian settlements on February 23, 2015 resulted in the abduction of 226 people, one of the largest in the […]

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December 1, 2016 Featured News

Lucine Kasbarian – OCP News Service – 12/1/16 Website –  Trailer – Facebook – ‘Havresc: Stand on Courage’ is a documentary about the struggles of Armenian and Assyrian Christian Iraqis and the village of Havresc they have formed on the edge of ISIS-controlled territory. Standing in the face of adversity, bigotry, hatred […]

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Al Azhar Rejects Reforming ‘Religious Discourse’

November 30, 2016 Featured News

Coptic Solidarity -Raymonibrahim – 30/11/16 Much of the curriculum of Al Azhar—the Islamic world’s most prestigious university, located in Cairo—is based on Islamic books written in the medieval era or earlier.  These books—histories, biographies of Muhammad, hadith (words and deeds of the latter), tafsirs (Koran exegeses), etc.—are often criticized by more reform-minded Muslims for being too […]

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November 11, 2016 Featured News
251138-b – 11/11/16 On October 30, 2016, several Christians gathered inside a church in the town of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq. The church walls are now blackened from fire. The first service was celebrated here after the events of 2014 when the “Islamic State” terrorist group occupied the town. In the large-scale operation to liberate Mosul […]

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The emotional moment: a girl is saved from the clutches of ISIS fighters in Iraq

October 26, 2016 Featured News

WATCHTOWER – 25/10/16 TV cameramen captured the moment when little Aysha, wearing a sparkly T-shirt and pink leggings, was rescued by an armed military police unit that has been fighting alongside the Iraqi Army. Source:

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