The Assyrian broadcaster Ishtar TV reports.
As we expected, ISIS is moving to and shelling the Mosul nearby district of Qaraqosh (Al-Hamdanya ) in the heart of Nineveh Plain. Today, more than 70.000 Christians live in this district. Reports are indicating that hundreds of families are escaping to Kurdistan for shelter and the Kurdistan Military forces ( Peshmerga) are reinforced to fight back the ISIS aggression..
Christians in the district of Ankawa, Nineveh answer a call from the Kurdish Communist Party to pick up arms and joint the Kurdish Peshmerga to defend Nineveh.
Article from Global Research and the and the Assyrian American Association
On June 9th, ISIS, one of the most extreme Jihadist terrorist group seized control of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq and home to the biblical Nineveh, the capital of ancient Assyria. This militant group has reportedly slaughtered over 1700 people during this attack in the past 3 days alone.
Just a few kilometers away from Mosul lies the Nineveh Plain, the last major enclave of native Assyrian Christians with little to no protection against the now very well armed and most financially capable terrorist group in the world.
Once again, the indigenous Assyrian Christians find themselves scrambling to find safety in neighboring regions and countries. Scrambling from a group that commonly uses its death squads to perform beheading, crucifixions, and atrocities against Christians or anyone who does not subscribe to their vision of a caliphate of a pure Islamic State. Since the US intervention in Iraq in 2003, the Assyrians have already suffered unprecedented ethnic and religious persecution unseen since the creation of Iraq resulting in an exodus of more than two thirds of their population to the West.
The Assyrian American Association of San Jose is deeply concerned about what the future holds for the vulnerable Assyrians of Nineveh. Without swift action by the Iraqi forces with the support of the US, this can potentially spell the end of Assyrian Christian Existence on their native land. We call upon all to join us in sharing this concern with your government officials to act swiftly before it is too late. We also ask all those that reside in the greater Bay area to join us for a public nationally coordinated demonstration on June 20th, at 12 noon in front of city hall.
The purpose of the demonstration is to denounce this terrorist group and call for action to eliminate it and to support the vulnerable indigenous Assyrian Christians.
Several governmental and non-governmental representatives are expected to join, including the director of a major Iraqi human rights organization and former minister, Mrs. Pascale Warda. More details will follow. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
International Business Times reports
As the American government is contemplating on whether or not to launch an airstrike on ISIS that is threatening to destroy Iraq, reports have now surfaced that way back in 2012, the US Army had trained members of the same terrorist group in Jordan. Full article here.
H.B Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite Catholic Patriarch of Antioch - The West and other countries are helping to foment conflict in the Middle East "there is a plan to destroy the Arab world for political and economic interests"
Extract: Catholic bishops from Iraq are meeting this week to come up with a ‘rescue plan’ amid growing fears that the ISIS Islamist attacks have put Christianity at increased risk of being extinguished from the country...... So far this year, Iraq’s Christian community has shrunk again, a trend likely to continue especially after the ISIS attack on Mosul two weeks ago. The militants’ capture of Mosul prompted the last remaining Christians to flee a city which until 2003 was home to 35,000 Christians. Read full article here.
Hundreds of Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Lebanon make a prayer pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Harissa, Beirut 27/05/2014. original here
It's true, at least 6 young Christian girls have been kidnapped and forcibly converted. "They will become wifes to our sons" is an answer.— Nuri Kino (@KinoNuri) June 25, 2014