Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq

Father Athanasis Toma at the old entrance of St. George Assyrian church in Dora, Iraq. ( AINA)

  AINA - 12/10/18 (AINA) -- Father Athanasis Toma, who lives in Los Angeles, returned recently from a trip to Iraq, his country of origin. Fr. Athanasis is an Assyrian, a Chorbishop in the Ancient Church of the East, with a diocese in San Fernando, CA. Fr. Athanasis was happy to visit Iraq, but is gravely concerned ...

Assyrians Protest Removal of Mayor By Kurdish Government

Fayez Abed Jawahreh, the Assyrian mayor of Alqosh, north Iraq, was illegally removed from his post by the Kurdish Regional Government. (AINA)

AINA - July 2017 Alqosh, North Iraq (AINA) -- A large demonstration was held yesterday in the Assyrian town of Alqosh, situated in Iraq's Nineveh Plains, to protest the ouster of the Assyrian mayor, Fayez Abed Jawahreh, who was voted into office in 2014. Mayor Jawahreh has faced several Kurdish-led attempts to unseat him. The decision ...

No Christmas bells in Mosul’ for a third year, says Assyrian Priest

Church of Serbia - WCC - December 2016 Father Emanuel Youkhana rues that, for the third Christmas in a row, the church bells will not ring in Mosul. He recounts that, around June 2014, the numerical religious minorities such as Yazidis and Christians around Iraq’s second biggest city began to face a horrific onslaught by the group calling ...