Tag: Assyrian

The town of Ajaltoun is seen behind a cross standing at the Christian Maronite church of Saint Elias, near the town of Zouk Mosbeh located north east of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ / AFP / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read …

Turkey’s Erdogan Regime Rapidly Seizing Ancient Christian Churches, Monasteries

The hardline administration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confiscated 50 properties from one of the world’s oldest Christian communities, the Syriac Orthodox Church, arguing that their ownership deeds had lapsed, Al-Monitor reports, citing church and Christian community leaders.

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Top U.S. General: Caribbean Mosque Has ‘Associated Itself’ with Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) chief has indicated that one of a few “radical” mosques in the Caribbean has linked itself to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), noting that the number of Islamic extremists in that region intent on attacking Western targets has increased in the last year.

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Islamic State Vandalizes Iraqi Christian Cemeteries

The latest depredations of the Islamic State include the bombing of Assyrian Christian homes, and a monastery occupied by Assyrian nuns, plus the vandalism of a Christian cemetery in Kirkuk.

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Syrian Archbishop Warns Christians ‘Could Disappear’ from the Country

Christians in Aleppo, Syria, are currently facing some of the most intense fighting since the civil war broke out in 2011. Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart spoke out following Easter attacks on Christians, warning the world Christianity in Syria “could disappear.”

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France: Sarkozy Party Accused of Plagiarizing Assyrian Genocide Bill

The French UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) Party is facing controversy following the discovery that a large part of a bill presented to the French legislature in remembrance of the Armenian genocide was plagiarized from Wikipedia. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a member of the UMP.

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ISIS Destroys 4th Century Mar Behnam Monastery in Iraq

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) destroyed the 4th century Mar Behnam Catholic monastery in Iraq on Thursday. The terrorists have vowed to erase all Christian history within their territories conquered in the Middle East.

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ISIS Destroys Ancient Cities of Hatra, Nimrud

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) destroyed the archaeological site of Hatra in northern Iraq. As the terrorist group extends its caliphate, its jihadist soldiers exterminate anything that, in their eyes, promotes idolatry.

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf petro-powerhouses encouraged a flow of cash to Sunni rebels in Syria for years. But …

ISIS to Freed Assyrian Hostages: Leave Syria or Die

An Assyrian hostage released by the Islamic State told the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) that the group has prohibited them from returning to their homes despite setting them “free.” The terrorist group kidnapped over 300 Assyrians in Syria the last week of February.

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Assyrian Christians Demand Arms, Support to Fight ISIS as Hundreds Kidnapped

People in the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) way in the Middle East are desperate to fight against the terrorist group as the jihadists expand their caliphate. Syria’s Assyrian Christian population has increasingly expressed frustration over the lack of international funding and arms for their militias, while ISIS continues to kill and abduct hundreds.

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Flashback: Sen. Obama Urged Bush Admin. to Save Christians in Middle East

President Barack Obama has done little to stop the terrorist militias of the so-called Islamic State from abducting and murdering Christians in Iraq and elsewhere in the region. As a junior U.S. Senator from Illinois, however, Obama was outspoken on the fate of minorities in Iraq. Obama wrote two letters to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, demanding to know what the Bush administration was doing to secure Assyrian Christians and other minorities in Iraq.

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ISIS Targets 2,000-Year-Old Ancient Nineveh Walls in Iraq

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) set their eyes on another historical site to demolish as they continue to establish their The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) set their eyes on another historical site to demolish as they continue to establish their caliphate across Iraq. Residents near Mosul told Assyrian website Ankawa the militants’ plan to blow up the walls of Nineveh, which date back to almost 700 B.C.