Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for June, 2010

Map of the Assyrian Empire that ruled most of Middle East

Map of the Assyrian Empire that ruled most of Middle East

By: FA ME (Source: Assyria Council of Europe).

The plight of the native Assyrian Christians of Iraq is a serious one that continues to worsen with time. The Assyrians have suffered greatly last century, suffering genocide under an ailing Ottoman regime in Turkey and massacres by the ruling elites within their native homeland of Iraq. A further threat to their existence in their homeland has manifested with the rise of radical Islamists who seek to cleanse the region of any Christian groups.

 The Assyria Council of Europe (ACE) has collaborated with the Iraq based Hammurabi Human Rights Organisation to produce a report detailing the horrible experiences Assyrians living in a new, democratic Iraq are going through. The ACE board said “We are very worried about the situation of Assyrians in Assyria, and if the European Union and other influential organisations do not intervene, there will be no Assyrians left in modern day Iraq”.

 The report is inspired by a six-week fact-finding mission in the northern Iraq between November 2009 and January 2010. It is split into three separate papers, each with their own focus. Together, they represent a conclusive assessment of the problems facing the Assyrians, complete with recommendations to the Iraqi government, the Kurdish Regional Government, and the international community. The break down of each part is as follows:

 Part 1: The first part tells of the tragic history of Assyrians and other ethno-religious minorities in Iraq. More than 1,300 Christian families fled Mosul in the wake of the 2008 terror campaign alone, with over 700 targeted killings committed post-2003. Of the 750,000 Iraqi refugees in Jordan for example, Assyrian Christians number up to a disproportionate 150,000 considering their population in Iraq. With this in mind, both past and present relevant legal standards are addressed, with deficiencies brought into focus.

 The oil rich Nineveh Province is constitutionally under the jurisdiction of Iraq’s central government with Kurds representing a minority. However, discoveries within the report suggest the KRG is effectively trying to reshape the region with an influx of Kurdish military peshmerga and a widespread political campaign to curry favour with Nineveh’s inhabitants. It is imperative that all such attempts must be repelled to prevent a ‘Kurdification’ of this area, with proper investigations undertaken regarding murders and illegal land seizures.

  Part 2: The focus shifts here to specifically analysing the violence committed against Assyrian Christians in the disputed territories. Nineveh’s minorities are described as “tormented” from all sides, suffering the most post-2003. The ruling dynastic KDP party is responsible for much of the civil unrest in the disputed territories alongside Islamists who are to blame for the bombing of over 60 Churches and the murder of hundreds of Assyrian Christians.

 The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) is said to deny many aid organisations funding for assistance programs unless they support the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). This has hampered development by giving it an extremely divisive political agenda that is in line with the forceful expansionist policies of the KRG which are described in this report. Elections have also been an avenue for the KDP to exercise its authority, with many irregularities reported since free elections began.

 Part 3: Central to this report is the treatment of Assyrian Christians in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. The treatment of the Assyrians by the KRG is similar to how they were treated under the Ba’ath party who did not discriminate Assyrians due to their (Christian) religion, but rather their ethnic identity. The same policies were used by the Ba’athist regime to oppress the Kurds, are now being used by the Kurdish authorities against ethnic Assyrians.

Oppressing the “largest minority” within their judicial boundaries by not practicing a genuine system of proportional representation also furthers the KDP goal of expanding their region to often oil rich areas such as Kirkuk. Many non-Kurds are discriminated against for not speaking Kurdish. The issue of land seizures is worryingly becoming an overlooked one for the authorities as Assyrians try to return and settle in their dispossessed homes and villages with little documentation other than their memories. Kurdish squatters often demand sums of $20,000 in compensation to leave — unaffordable for desperate Assyrians. A reported 10,000 hectares of land has been taken illegally from Assyrian Christians in the region.

 These three papers vividly document the struggle Assyrian Christians face living in their homeland. They are also a call for action to be taken by the Iraqi government, the KRG, and the international community to address this problem with urgency and commitment that has been severely lacking thus far. Each paper ends with a set of recommendations relevant to its focus, and it is imperative these recommendations at the very least seriously considered by appropriate authorities.

 Assyrians in Iraq are desperately in need of economic aid and political settlement. Many of the areas they inhabit are neglected, offered little funding, high in unemployment, and low on education and health facilities. This combination of problems can only result in the eradication of the marginalised ancient Assyrian community of Iraq unless immediate action is taken. The Assyrians are being exploited from all sides while receiving nothing meaningful to improve their dire situation.

 

 

Read Full Post »

Iraqi Interpreter

Iraqi Interpreter

By: FA ME (BOSTON)

BAGHDAD – An al-Qaida-linked insurgent shot and killed his own father as he slept in his bed Friday for refusing to quit his job as an Iraqi interpreter for the U.S. military, police said, a rare deadly attack on a close family member over allegations of collaborating with the enemy.

 The attack happened on a particularly bloody day in Iraq, with at least 27 people killed nationwide in bombings and ambushes largely targeting the houses of government officials, Iraqi security forces and those seen as allied with them.

 Hameed al-Daraji, 50, worked as a contractor and translator for the U.S. military for seven years since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

 He was shot in the chest about 3 a.m. while sleeping in his house in Samarra, a former insurgent stronghold 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, police Lt. Emad Muhsin said.

 Authorities arrested the son and his cousin, saying the young men apparently were trying to prove their loyalty after rejoining the insurgency. Police were also looking for another son who allegedly took part in the attack.

 Citing confessions, police said the son whom they arrested, Abdul-Halim Hameed, 30, was a former member of al-Qaida in Iraq who quit the terror network in mid-2007 under pressure from U.S.-Iraqi security operations that have led to a sharp drop in violence in the area.

 Col. Hazim Ali, a senior security official in Samarra, said Hameed, his 19-year-old cousin and 24-year-old brother remained committed to extremist causes.

 With U.S. troops withdrawing from the country, Ansar al-Sunnah, an insurgent group with ties to al-Qaida, recently lured the men into their ranks with offers of hard cash, Ali said.

 The U.S. military said it was looking into the report.

 The Samarra assault brought into focus the fears of Iraqis who have worked with the Americans and are worried they’ll face renewed violence as their employers prepare to leave the country by the end of next year.

 Already, many have been targeted by extremist groups who view them as traitors. But Iraqis could not think of another case in which a family member killed an immediate relative because of his or her employment with the Americans in this country.

 Such attacks have happened elsewhere, though.

 Several suspected collaborators have been killed by relatives in recent years in the Gaza Strip in an attempt to clear the family name. Most recently, three alleged informers for Israel were killed by family members after busting out of Gaza’s central prison during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009.

 Samarra, in the Sunni heartland north of Baghdad, has been one of the hardest areas to control since the U.S.-led invasion. It was the site of the February 2006 bombing that destroyed a revered golden-domed Shiite mosque, sparking a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that pushed the country to the brink of civil war.

 The area has been relatively peaceful since local tribal leaders revolted against al-Qaida in Iraq, but Ali said sleeper cells were waiting for the chance to regroup.

 “Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups are trying to recruit some young people in order to carry out attacks in an apparent attempt to show that they are still active,” Ali said.

 In other violence Friday, gunmen ambushed a checkpoint near the Anbar province town of Qaim, a former insurgent stronghold near the Syrian border, killing seven Iraqi soldiers, according to police, hospital and provincial officials.

 They said the gunmen shot an eighth soldier several times but left him alive “to convey a message to the Iraqi army.”

 Provincial council member Sheik Efan Saadoun blamed the attack on a decision to replace police with Iraqi soldiers who are less familiar with the local surroundings.

 Meanwhile, car bombs targeting a police captain and a provincial council member tore through two restive cities north of Baghdad.

 One blew up in the city of Tuz Khormato about 50 yards (meters) from the house of Niazi Mohammed, an ethnic Turkomen member of the Salahuddin provincial council, according to police.

 City police chief Col. Hussein Ali blamed al-Qaida for the attack, which killed at least eight people and wounded 69. A second car bomb was discovered about 100 yards (meters) from the blast site, but it did not explode, Ali said.

 Another blast targeted the house of police Capt. Mustafa Mohammed in the city of Baqouba, killing two neighbors and wounding 27 other people, including some of the officer’s relatives, police said.

 Hours later in the Sunni district of Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, a bomb exploded at the gate of a house, killing a man and two women who sold tea and water to soldiers at a nearby Iraqi army checkpoint, according to police and hospital officials.

 

Read Full Post »

two american terrorists plotted some terrorists activites

two american terrorists plotted some terrorists activites

written by: FA ME (Boston)

The title may seem strange, why would anybody with beard seems to be a threat to US? in my recent travel to work, it happened that I use the train (metro) to go to work, during which I have heard many irregular conversations from different people. but what draw my attention as usual is a conversation between two who from my past experience look  familiar because of their looking. So what is that look?? Well to be honest, is the bearded face which carried a lot of black memories in my head. Memories of people threatened me and my friends or people participated in actually killing my friends. what is so significant about the beard so?

 The beard has been the logo of all Islamic terrorists; it’s one of the Islamic law to grow a beard that exceeds the regular length of chain. The longer the beard may seem the more pious the man looks, as long as it’s a sing of faithfulness for some the more it’s a sign of terror for other including me. the beard had been associated with terror for many years to count. the top terrorist leader Osama Ben Ladin was always showing himself with a beard. the top Qaeda leaders in Iraq have always showed themselves with beard (except these terrorists who wanted to commit suicide they have tried to hide their beards by shaving it, but later on when we see them in recorded tapes appeared with their full beard) I’m just wondering, why do I still see bearded people in the US? Beside their beards I’m hearing strange conversations! If I reported these conversations I would be in trouble, where is the US security from all this? in addition to beard, there are some strange tapes that I had been hearing in cars of some who look like bearded people but they are not, which made me panic! Am I still hearing this in the US? Because I thought I already escaped or avoided hearing such sermons! Am I still living in the old era of terror, but where here in the US! I should find another place for me; this place could be Mars or the Moon where I can just evade such conflict! By the way, the bearded people showed in the picture above are wanted people whom were about to take part in terrorist act against the US citizens!

Read Full Post »

Funeral of Hani (inside the Church)

Funeral of Hani (inside the Church)

By: FA ME….source of pictures (Ankawa website)

We are witnessing again another crime against Iraqi Christians by killing one of its young men who was on his way back from work when a group of people ambushed his car and killed him. The victim is a Syriac Catholic Church Member, was born in 1976 to a family who inhabited Kirkuk city (the rich Oil city in Iraq). And lived there peacefully along with other Iraqi components who share the same land and the same culture.

 The victim whose name is (Hani Salim) was buried in the Church’s yard, during his funeral, many clergies and church members as well as families, friends and others joined the prayer wishing a good farewell to the Christian victim.

 The attacks against Christians have been intensified and forced thousands of them to escape Iraq seeking refuge in other countries. The recent attack that targeted Christian students resulted the death of 2 Christian students triggered panic again among Iraqi Christians who are being targeted by militias and other groups, who desperately try to eliminate this component (Christian component) aiming and struggling that this component leave Iraq by  all means, fulfilling interior and other foreign agendas of neighboring countries whose goal is to control Iraq and Iraqi people and reject any kind of freedom to be granted to them after overthrowing a tyrannical regime that ruled more than 35 years.

  Other pictures of the funeral ceremony of the Christian young man Hani Salim:

Family Members around the Casket

Family Members around the Casket

clergymen participated in the funeral

clergymen participated in the funeral

body of the victim was transported from hospital to Church

body of the victim was transported from hospital to Church

Read Full Post »