Tag: Assyrian Christians

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Iraqi Kurdish Leader Vows to Strengthen Unity with Persecuted Christians

The president of northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, in commemorating the 84th anniversary of the former Iraqi kingdom’s massacre of thousands of Christians in the country, declared that history would not repeat itself in an independent Kurdistan, vowing that the Kurds will protect the “demands and rights” of Assyrian Christians.

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Iraq: Christians Seek Self-Rule Following Liberation of Mosul

Some members of the Iraqi Christian minority community are seeking to establish an autonomous territory in their historical homeland in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plain region after the city of Mosul is liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and the jihadist group is defeated, reports Al-Monitor.

Intisar Mateh, second left, washes the dishes as her daughter, Farah Mateh, right, plays with her friends in a camp for displaced Christians in Irbil, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Iraqi refugees from areas near Mosul are eagerly following the offensive to drive the Islamic State group from the city …

Displaced Mosul Christians: ‘I Don’t Think We’ll Ever Go Back’

Not all former inhabitants of the diverse Iraqi city of Mosul, once considered the heartland of Iraq’s Christian community, will be able to return once it is recaptured from the Islamic State by the U.S.-backed Iraqi military forces and their allies.

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Mosul: U.S.-Backed Forces Clash with Islamic State in Christian Suburb

Iraqi security forces backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and in collaboration with Kurdish Peshmerga troops and a Christian militia have besieged the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh as part of the offensive to liberate the nearby city of Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), reports CNN.

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Religious Minorities: ‘All Talk, No Action’ from Obama on Islamic State Genocide

Members of various ethno-religious minority groups in the Middle East – including Assyrian Christians, Yezidis, and Shiite Turkmen – told Breitbart News that the Obama administration’s declaration recognizing and condemning genocide at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has been inconsequential and has failed to accomplish much.

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As U.S. Hesitates, EU Recognizes Islamic State Christian Genocide

The European Union (EU) has recognized the mass slaughter of Christians at the hands of the barbaric Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) as genocide, but the Obama administration has yet to offer the same designation to the religious minority group.

A flag of Kurdish workers Party ( PKK ) hangs on a barricade as armed kurdish militants man a barricade, on November 18, 2015 in the Sur district of Diyarbakir. Tensions rose when pro-Kurdish MP Leyla Zana began her oath with "Biji Asiti", or "Long live peace" in Kurdish. The …

Report: PKK Invade Assyrian Villages, Occupy Christian Militia Leader’s Home

While nominally working against a common enemy—the Islamic State (ISIS)—the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a U.S.-designated terrorist group, has occupied a number of Christian Assyrian villages in Iraq. The Marxist group has also invaded a home owned by a commander of the anti-ISIS Christian militia Dwekh Nawsha.

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Firebombed Baghdad Church Reopens but the Faithful Have Fled

The church of Saint George in Baghdad, which was closed down in 2007 after being firebombed by Islamic militants, was finally reopened Monday, but local clergy worry that there are no longer any Assyrian Christians left to worship there.

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Kurds, Assyrian Christians, Arab Rebels Form Anti-ISIS Alliance in Syria

An American-backed Syrian Kurdish militia has joined forces with some Arab rebels and members of an Assyrian Christian group to launch an assault against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Raqqa, the jihadist group’s de-facto capital in Syria, according to a statement obtained by Reuters.

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ISIS Executes Christian Hostages During Muslim Holiday

The Islamic State has released a videotaped execution of three Assyrian Christian hostages, captured during a February offensive in Syria. The lives of hundreds more Christian captives remain in the balance, a point the savages emphasized by making three of them beg for ransom payments on camera.

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Christian Militias Continue Struggle Against ISIS in Iraq

Small Christian militias continue to fight for Iraq–men determined to stop the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) from destroying their homeland and heritage. The Assyrian fighters are one of many groups profiled in the past year who are willing to stand up to the radical Islamic group.

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Iraq’s Christians Seek Autonomous Community in a Free Kurdistan

Iraq’s Assyrian Christian population is seeking to reclaim territory they have lost to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) since they overtook the region last summer and to create an autonomous region for themselves–in a free Kurdistan.

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Obama’s Failure to Recognize Armenian Genocide Abandons Modern Middle East Christians

On April 24, 1915 the Ottoman Turkish leaders ordered the arrest of hundreds of notable Armenians in Istanbul and launched the systematic annihilation of Armenian as well as Assyrian Christians within the empire’s borders and throughout the Middle East. This day would become known as “Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day,” and a century later is the center of a persistent geopolitical controversy.

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ISIS Surrounds the Few Remaining Christian Villages in Syria

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) charged into eleven of the 35 Christian communities along the Khabur River in Syria in February targeting Tel Tamer, which at the time was protected by Christian fighters and locals determined to defeat the terrorist group. This week, the Islamic State took another shot at conquering it.