Assyrian Member of Iran’s Parliament Discussed Safety of Assyrians With Iraqi PM

Mr. Yonathan Betkolia (left), the Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) and and Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi. ( AINA)

AINA - October 2017 Tehran (AINA) -- Mr. Yonathan Betkolia, the Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) and the Assyrian Representative in the Iranian Parliament, attended a special meeting between the Iranian Parliamentary members and Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi. During the meeting Mr. Betkolia raised concerns about the safety and security of Assyrians ...

Assyrian Umbrella Organization Asks UN to Support Assyrians in North Iraq

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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. The ...

Second Assyrian Mayor Illegally Removed By Kurdish Authorities

Basem Bello (center), the Assyrian mayor of Tel Kepe, north Iraq, was illegally removed from his office by the Kurdish authorities on August 3.

AINA - 7/8/17 Tel Kepe, North Iraq (AINA) -- The mayor of Tel Kepe, Basim Bello, was removed from his office on August 3 by the Nineveh Provincial Council. Mr. Bello is the second Assyrian mayor in three weeks to be illegally removed from his office by the Kurdish authorities. The Assyrian Mayor of Alqosh, Fayez ...

Swedish EU Parliamentarian Accuses Kurds of Treason Against Assyrians

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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, issued ...

Senator McCain Sends Letter on Assyrians to Kurdish President

AINA - 28/5/16 (AINA) -- Former Republican presidential candidate and current Senator from Arizona, John McCain, sent a letter to Kurdish President Massoud Barzani regarding Assyrians in the Kurdish region in north Iraq. In the letter, dated May 25, McCain expresses "...concerns regarding alarming new reports that allege the mistreatment of the Christian Assyrian community in ...

Assyrian Minister in Kurdish Government Resigns in Protest

17/8/14 (AINA) -- The Minister of Transportation for the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in North Iraq, Johnson Siawesh, has tendered his resignation to protest the KRG's lack of action in defending Assyrian Christians against ISIS and in providing assistance to the Assyrian refugees who fled from the towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain and Baghdede ...