Report: ISIS to release 29 Assyrians

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By Melissa Gray, CNN
ISIS in northern Syria plans to release 29 Assyrian Christian hostages among more than 200 captured by the Sunni extremist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday, citing an Assyrian commander.
The Syrian Observatory said a self-proclaimed ISIS court ordered the release, and told Continue reading

Assyrian Chaldean Syriac population is under threat, warn Lebanese Christians

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Coptic Christians
Lebanese Christian parties warned on Friday that the existence of the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac population is being threatened by ethnic cleansing, religious persecution and systematic displacement, Anadolu has reported. The Christian groups also criticised the “silence” of the international community over such dangerous threats facing these ethnic minorities. Continue reading

Lebanon parties decry ISIS crimes against minorities

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World Bulletin / News Desk
The parties asserted that humanitarian disaster had befallen civilians in the area due to recent crimes committed by Daesh.
A handful of Lebanese Christian political parties on Friday rang the alarm over threats facing people of Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac descent in the Middle East region. Continue reading

Three Assyrian fighters killed during clashes with ISIS

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ARA News
An Assyrian fighter during a break from anti-ISIS clashes near Tel Temir in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
Hasakah, Syria – On Friday, the Assyrian Military Council announced in a statement the death of three of its fighters during clashes with militants of the Islamic State group Continue reading

Armenia Ready to Receive Assyrian Refugees

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Head of the State Migration Service of Armenia Gagik Yeganyan
YEREVAN (Armenpress)—The Armenian authorities on Friday immediately responded to calls by the Assyrian community to host Assyrian refugees who have been displaced from their native lands in Syria at the hands of the Islamic State. Continue reading

‘They need to be persuaded they don’t need ISIS': Retaking key Iraqi city of Mosul will be no easy task

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Dutch and Italians training Peshmerga at Duhok Infantry Training Camp on 17 and 18 February
For months, Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been taking up positions around Mosul, Iraq’s second city and a stronghold for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham. It is now surrounded on three sides and in some cases the front lines are just kilometres away, says a peshmerga spokesman. Continue reading

Sweden raps ‘brutal’ Assyrian abductions

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Assyrians citizens during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Beirut, Lebanon on Thursday. Photo: TT
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has slammed the abduction of Christians in Syria earlier this week and pledged to keep supporting communities affected by the ongoing fighting in the Middle East. Continue reading

Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts

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Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Sabtiyesh area east Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Islamic State militants snatched more hostages from homes in northeastern Syria over the past three days, bringing the total number of Christians abducted to over 220 in the one the Continue reading

Fears mount for Iraq heritage after IS museum rampage Particularly at risk are the ancient cities of Hatra, a UNESCO world heritage site, and Nimrud

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IS released a video on Thursday showing its militants smashing ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers at the Mosul museum. Photo: Reuters Baghdad: Archaeologists expressed fears on Friday that after ransacking the Mosul museum in Iraq, Islamic State group jihadists would embark on a systematic destruction of heritage Continue reading

ISIL video shows destruction of 7th century artifacts

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Men seen attacking ancient artifacts with sledgehammers, calling them symbols of idolatry
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history. Continue reading

ISIS Militants Storm Museum and Smash 3,000 Year Old Assyrian Sculptures on Video

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ISIS militants have destroyed Assyrian sculptures at the Nineveh Museum in Mosul, Iraq, using hammers, power tools, and pickaxes, and posted video of the destruction online. This is only the latest act in an ongoing campaign of obliteration of the region’s cultural heritage (see 8,000 Books Burned By ISIS in Massive Libricide and Syria’s Continue reading