Barzani and Zebari clans behind expropriations of Assyrian land
In Iraqi Assyria, Kurdish authorities have systematically occupied and confiscated land that belongs to Assyrians. Several villages and individuals have tried to defend their rights to the properties that have been confiscated, but Kurdish authorities have systematically turned a blind eye to these land thefts. In most cases it is members of the Barzani and Zebari clans who are behind the land thefts. These clans are the ones controlling the KRG.
YPG and Dawronoye provoke Assyrians in Qamishli
Following the cease fire in Zalin (Qamishli), captives from both sides will soon be released. The four Assyrian GPF fighters who were taken prisoners by the Kurdish forces are said to be handed to the Dowronoye, in order for the Dowronoye to release them. Many Assyrians believe this is done to portray the Dowronoye as ”saviours” – despite the fact that one GPF fighter in fact was handed over to the Kurds by the Dowronoye. GPF did not accept this and said that they would not bring the captives from the Dowronoye. Instead, the GPF said that because it was the Kurds that took them as prisoners, it is the Kurds that must release them. After the GPF took this stance, the latest news are that the Dowronoye are trying to speak to the relatives of the captives, so they can bring the GPF fighters from the Dowronoye.
Assyrian confederation in Europe established in Brussels
The Assyrian Confederation of Europe was established at a solemn ceremony in the European Parliament. With the formation of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe, Assyrians in Europe now speak with a united voice.
New Assyria TV branch in Belgium
Assyria TV continues to expand. A new branch from Belgium has joined the team and will soon contribute to Assyria TV from Belgium.
Annulation of ”Assyrian of the year”
The decision to designate Nuri Kino as the Assyrians of the year was preceded by bias which is the reason of the annullment. At least one member was biased, and the decision had been annulled by the previous chairman of the Assyrian Youth Federation, not only because of the bias, but also because of the fact that the nomination divided the board.
Fierce fighting in Aleppo
The regime in Syria last week launched an offensive against rebels in Aleppo. Many civilian deaths have been reported.