Incipient Genocide: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq

Assyrians are the only autochthonous people of Iraq, having lived in their ancestral lands in north Iraq since 5000 B.C. Assyrians are Christians, belonging to three main denominations: The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Chaldean Church of Babylon. The native language of Assyrians is neo-Syriac (neo-Aramaic). This distinct identity of Assyrians, especially their Christian faith, sets them apart from the rest of the population.

Assyrians comprised 8% (1.5 million) of the Iraqi population in April of 2003. Since then 50% have fled the country. Of the 750,000 Iraqi refugees in Jordan up to 150,000 are Assyrians. Of the 1.2 million Iraqi refugees in Syria, 70,000 to 500,000 are Assyrians.

From 1995 to 2010 385 Assyrians were killed. For the years 1995-2002 there were 19 murders, averaging 2.37 per year. After the liberation of Iraq in 2003, the average number of murders for the years 2003-2010 was 55, 2316% higher than for the years 1995-2002. The geographic distribution of the murders was 39.85% in north Iraq, 58.17% in central Iraq and 1.98% in south Iraq. Kurds, Sunnis, Shiites and al-Qaeda engaged in murdering Assyrians. Examples included:

  • A 2 month old infant kidnapped, beheaded, roasted and returned to its parents on a bed of rice
  • 14 year old Ayad Tariq decapitated because he is a “dirty Christian sinner”
  • A 14 year old boy crucified in his own village in Mosul
  • Fr. Paulos Iskander (Paul Alexander) kidnapped, beheaded and dismembered
  • 66 churches were attacked or bombed since June, 2004: 41 in Baghdad, 19 in Mosul, 5 in Kirkuk and 1 in Ramadi.
  • At least 13 young women were abducted and raped, causing some of them to commit suicide.
  • Female students were targeted in Basra and Mosul for not wearing veils; some had nitric acid squirted on their faces. Elders of a village in Mosul were warned not to send females to universities.
  • Mahdi Army personnel circulated a letter warning all Christian women to veil themselves.
  • Al-Qaeda moved into an Assyrian neighborhood and began collecting the jizya and demanding that females be sent to the mosque to be married off to Muslims.
  • Assyrian businesses were targeted. 95% of liquor stores were attacked, defaced or bombed. 500 Assyrian shops in a Dora market were burned in one night.
  • Property was confiscated by Kurds in the north and Shiites in Baghdad.
  • Kurdish authorities denied foreign reconstruction assistance for Assyrian communities and used public works projects to divert water and other vital resources from Assyrian to Kurdish communities. Kurdish forces blockaded Assyrian villages
  • Children were kidnapped and forcibly transferred to Kurdish families.


via Incipient Genocide: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq.

This is just a summary. Inside, there is a full report on their situation.

After the massacre that took place in Baghdad’s church, another two Catholics were killed:

Asia News reports that two Christians have been killed in Baghdad on Nov 7th: 49-years-old Louay Daniel Yacob, who was shot while he was entering his apartment. The other Christian, whose identity has not been released for security reasons, was also killed on Sunday.

Some Muslims in Iraq have condemned the brutal massacre of Catholics in Baghdad. Last Friday, Nov 5th, during prayers, all the mosques in Kirkuk condemned the “barbaric attack” against the church. The sheikhs of the Arab, Kurd and Turkmene tribes have also condemned it and have given their solidarity to the city’s Archbishop. Also the Sunni and Shia imams have also condemned the attack and have called Muslims to protect Christians who are a “model of loyalty”.

Well, that’s very good, of course. But still this condemnation has nothing to do with the “Burn the Qu’ran” one.

IRAQ: Baghdad archbishop: “I pray for hope” after attacks · News · Aid to the Church in Need.

Related: Sweden must stop deporting Iraqi ChristiansExpressen, a Swedish tabloid, and all Swedish Christian newspapers are demanding the Swedish government and the Migration authorities take the persecution of Assyrians in Iraq seriously. They are demanding a stop on all deportations of Christians to Iraq and and that the Swedish government works for protection of Assyrian and other Christians. A petition has been signed by editors, reporters, Church leaders and politicians.

9 comments on “Incipient Genocide: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq

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  2. Violante says:

    The Egyptians are killing Copts, the Iraquis kill Assyrians. Why such a need to destroy ancient, peaceful communities?

    • Claudia says:

      Because they hate peace and infidels. AQ has said repeatedly “you love life, we love death“. Sheikhs have been calling for violence and systematic murder for years, with the international community being absolutely deaf and looking other way.
      Catholicism teaches that you can sin because you act when it’s forbidden, but also because you don’t act when it’s required. I think all of us have. Even people like me, who have been writing about this for some time now, I feel we haven’t done everything this required. The problem is I don’t know what more to do. 😥

  3. Violante says:

    Neither do I, and I’m frightened

    • Claudia says:

      Any sound person would be, Violante.
      Quranic Message to the Infidels: Convert to Islam, or pay the Jizya, or you gonna be killed!

      Killings of any non-Muslim is legitimate. With everyone, Anjem Choudary, the Uk pro-Jihad cleric that lives on welfare:

      Muslims Terrorizing Christian Girls in Iraq – Sister Hatune’s Testimony:

      But there are stupid people that tell me that I hate, even if I have never said or thought anything similar about Muslims that what these (and others) are telling “believers” on Islamic TVs around the world against non-Muslims… 🙄

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