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  • The Cult of Amun [ancient Egypt and Nubia]

    05/08/2015 3:25:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Archaeology ^ | Friday, April 17, 2015 | Daniel Weiss
    ...Through their shared history, Egyptians and Nubians also came to worship the same chief god, Amun, who was closely allied with kingship and played an important role as the two civilizations vied for supremacy. During its Middle and New Kingdoms, which spanned the second millennium B.C., Egypt pushed its way into Nubia, ultimately conquering and making it a colonial province. The Egyptians were drawn by the land's rich store of natural resources, including ebony, ivory, animal skins, and, most importantly, gold. As they expanded their control of Nubia, the Egyptians built a number of temples to Amun, the largest of...
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 11:38:23 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC Magazine ^ | 23rd March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    'Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq [Obama's JV-Team At Work!]

    03/20/2015 4:56:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kareem Shaheen
    ISIS Destroys Historic Christian And Muslim Shrines In Northern Iraq Structures destroyed include fourth-century Assyrian memorial Patriarch of Syriac Catholic church tells west: ‘Condemnation is not enough’ A picture released by Isis of a Christian shrine in Hamdaniya being destroyed. Kareem Shaheen 20 March 2015 Islamic State militants appear to have destroyed Christian and Shia Muslim shrines in northern Iraq – including a fourth-century memorial built by an Assyrian king – in the group’s latest rampage against the embattled country’s religious and cultural heritage. On Thursday, Isis’s “Nineveh province media office” released photographs showing the apparent destruction of the holy...
  • Iraq's 'Exorcist' Temple Falls Into ISIS Jihadist Hands (Pagan Icons Be Destoyed By Islamofascists?)

    06/26/2014 7:41:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Jun 2014 | Colin Freeman
    Iraq's 'Exorcist' temple falls into Isis jihadist hands Ancient pre-Christian temple in northern Iraq featured in film The Exorcist at risk of destruction by Isis jihadists An ancient temple made famous in the film The Exorcist has fallen into the hands of the Islamic militants who have taken over northern Iraq, the Telegraph has learnt. The pre-Christian worship complex at Hatra, a vast network of 200-ft high sun-god temples that is a Unesco world heritage site, features in the opening sequence of the 1973 horror classic. But it now lies in the territory claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • IS destroying another ancient archaeological site in Iraq

    03/07/2015 10:29:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AP ^ | March 7, 2015 | Sameer N. Yacoub
    Iraqi officials in the northern city of Mosul said Saturday that militants with the Islamic State group have begun demolishing the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northern Iraq in a push to rid its territory of symbols it says promote idolatry. An official with the ministry of tourism and antiquities' archaeological division in Mosul told The Associated Press that multiple residents living near Hatra heard two large explosions this morning, then reported seeing bulldozers begin demolishing the site. He spoke anonymously for fear of reprisal.
  • What's Been Lost to the Islamists' Sledgehammers (historians shocked)

    03/01/2015 12:28:43 PM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Screen Capture A video showing Islamic State militants with sledgehammers and power drills on a rampage inside the Mosul Museum shows the destruction of both reproductions and priceless originals from at least two important eras in the region’s history, said a British expert on Iraqi culture. Paul Collins, of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in an email to Aleteia, said it was “distressing” to watch scenes of the destruction of colossal winged bulls of the seventh century BC. “These are certainly the real things and it looks from the video that the sculptures are those situated outside...
  • Islam Bulldozes the Past

    03/20/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by yoe · 35 replies
    Daniel Pipes Middle East Forum ^ | March 20, 2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric ISIS has blown up Shi'i mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.[snip] In some cases, conquerors turn non-Islamic holy places into Islamic ones, thereby asserting the supremacy of Islam. This can be done by...
  • ISIS destroy 4th Century Mar Benham monastery in Iraq [ed]

    03/20/2015 7:08:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 19, 2015 | John Hall
    Barbaric Islamic State militants have dealt yet another blow to Christian history in Iraq by using explosives to destroy the 4th Century Mar Benham monastery. The ancient building, built by Assyrian king Senchareb 1,600 years ago, stood in the Christian-dominated town of Bakhdida, just 20 miles south east of oil rich ISIS stronghold Mosul. Locals took to social media to share images of the massive blast, which reduced the ancient monastery to little more than vast piles of rubble. The attack was later confirmed by Kurdish journalists familiar with developments in the city.
  • IS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:21:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | March 5, 2015 | Staff
    The Islamic State jihadist group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday, the tourism and antiquities ministry said. IS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the ministry said on an official Facebook page, the group's latest attack on the country's historical heritage.
  • Nimrud: Outcry as ISIS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site

    03/06/2015 7:21:27 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/6/15 | BBC
    Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq. IS began demolishing the site, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, on Thursday, according to Iraqi officials. The head of the UN's cultural agency condemned the "systematic" destruction in Iraq as a "war crime". IS, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are "false idols" that have to be smashed. "They are erasing our history," said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.
  • Assyrian Christians Hostages Were Told to Convert to Islam

    03/09/2015 6:15:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the mediaTwo of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media about their ordeal. Some 200 Christians were taken by the Islamist group on February 23 after they stormed a number of villages in the north-east of the country. One of the hostages, going by the name ‘Peter’, told the Times: “They entered our village at five in the morning, while everyone was sleeping. Some of them were Syrians, some were Chinese, some Russian – people who didn’t speak Arabic. They took 17 men,...
  • ISIS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud: Iraq govt

    03/05/2015 1:25:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | 3-5-2015 | Al-Arabiya
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq on Thursday, the government said, in the jihadists' latest attack on the country's historical heritage. ISIS "assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles," the tourism and antiquities ministry said on an official Facebook page. An Iraqi antiquities official confirmed the news, saying the destruction began after noon prayers on Thursday and that trucks that may have been used to haul away artefacts had also been spotted at the site. "Until now, we do not know to...
  • Watch: ISIS fighters destroy ancient sculptures in sledgehammer rampage

    02/26/2015 5:49:21 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/26/2015 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of statues and sculptures dating back thousands of years, according to a video published online in the name of the radical Islamist group. The video showed the statues, some identified as antiquities from Iraq's 7th century BC Assyrian era, being toppled, smashed and broken up by sledgehammer. A man shown in the video said they were being destroyed because they promoted idolatry. "The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him," the unidentified man...
  • Three cheers for the onion

    01/04/2015 1:26:00 AM PST · by moose07 · 73 replies
    BBC ^ | 4 January 2015 | BBC
    Onions are eaten and grown in more countries than any other vegetable but rarely seem to receive much acclaim. It's time to stop taking the tangy, tear-inducing bulb for granted and give it a round of applause, writes the BBC's Marek Pruszewicz. Deep in the archives of Yale University's Babylonian Collection lie three small clay tablets with a particular claim to fame - they are the oldest known cookery books. Covered in minute cuneiform writing, they did not give-up their secrets until 1985, nearly 4,000 years after they were written. The French Assyriologist and gourmet cook Jean Bottero - a...
  • Massive 2,800-year-old farmhouse found in central Israel

    12/19/2014 1:52:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 15, 2014 | Lazar Berman
    Structure in modern Rosh Ha'ayin was used during Assyrian, Persian and Hellenistic periods. Israeli archaeologists uncovered an ancient farmhouse in the area of modern day Rosh Ha'ayin, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Monday. The structure is believed to be 2,800 years old, and consists of 23 rooms. "The farm, which is extraordinarily well-preserved, extends across an area of 30 meters by 40 meters and was built in the eighth century BCE, the time of the Assyrian conquest," IAA excavation director Amit Shadman said. "Farm houses during this period served as small settlements of sorts whose inhabitants participated in processing agricultural produce....
  • Muslim Brotherhood To Commemorate Genocidal Jihad At DC’s National Cathedral [graphic image at site]

    11/13/2014 5:11:31 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 15 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 12, 2014 | George Rasley
    On Friday, November 14 the Washington, DC’s National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service organized by the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the All-Dulles Area Muslims Society (ADAMS) Center. The leaders of the National Cathedral told The Washington Post that they hope Friday’s service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world. However, there is ample evidence to suggest that the Muslim participants have a different motive for choosing November 14 to hold their prayers in...
  • Population boom, droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire

    11/09/2014 1:06:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Phys Spam Org ^ | November 05, 2014 | unattributed
    In the 9th century BC, the Assyrian Empire of northern Iraq relentlessly started to expand into most of the ancient Near East. It reached its height in the early 7th century BC, becoming the largest of its kind in the Near East up to that time. The Assyrian Empire's subsequent quick decline by the end of the 7th century has puzzled scholars ever since. Most ascribe it to civil wars, political unrest, and the destruction of the Assyrian capital, Nineveh, by a coalition of Babylonian and Median forces in 612 BC.... Recently published paleoclimate data show that conditions in the...
  • Remarkable Digital Reconstruction of the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II

    10/20/2014 6:39:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Patheos ^ | October 9, 2014 | Thomas L. McDonald
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art created this video flythrough of the spectacular Northwest Palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (reigned: 883 to 859 BC) in the city alternately known as Numrud, Kalhu, and, in the Bible, Calah. The ruins are about 20 miles south of Mosul, Iraq. The palace walls were covered n reliefs (many of them now scattered throughout the world in various museums) depicting his reign and conquests. Genesis 10: 8 Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore...
  • Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State

    08/27/2014 9:43:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 27, 2014 | Rania Abouzeid
    DAHUK, Iraq—Of all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors. But today Iraq's Assyrians, and its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative Islamist group the Islamic State (IS). It isn't the first time that Iraq's Christians...
  • The Demon Wolves of ISIS: Ancient Assyria Reborn

    08/10/2014 5:44:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Father Dwight Longenecker
    Lord Byron’s poem The Destruction of Sennacherib begins with the line, “The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold.” My friend Paul Thigpen makes the link between the warlords of the Islamic State (IS) and their historic predecessors, the warlike Assyrians.
  • As Islamic Militants Destroy Iraq Heritage, a Stunning Find in Kurdistan

    08/10/2014 5:13:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Rudaw ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alexandra Di Stefano Pironti
    While the history of civilization is being demolished by war and religious zealots in the rest of Iraq, in the Kurdistan Region archeologists are marveling at a stunning discovery: the remains of a long-lost temple from the biblical kingdom of Urartu, dating back to the 9th century BC. Kurdish archaeologist Dlshad Marf Zamua, who has studied the columns and other artifacts at the find, told Rudaw these were unearthed piecemeal over the past four decades by villagers going about their lives, digging for cultivation or construction. But only recently, after the discovery of life-size human statues and the unearthed columns,...
  • You Seek a Sign? Behold it: The Sign of Jonah

    07/24/2014 8:20:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 24, 2014
    Our Lord Jesus Christ: "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet." St. Matthew 12:39 And He repeats: "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonah the prophet." St. Matthew 16:4 The Tomb of Saint Jonah the Prophet in Nineveh (Mosul) VIDEOOnce an Assyrian Church, converted into a mosque after the Muslim invasions, the tomb of the famous Old Testament Prophet who made the Ninevites do penance and recognize the...
  • Vanity: Baghdad Falling Part of End Times?

    06/13/2014 6:33:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 90 replies
    Baghdad looks like it's about to go down to Islamic Militants. Some say Baghdad is Babylon? What happens when it falls?
  • Fathers Of The Zodiac Tracked Down

    06/04/2007 10:50:49 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 1,162+ views
    Nature ^ | 6-1-2007 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Fathers of the zodiac tracked downAstronomer shows when and where his ancient counterparts worked. Geoff Brumfiel The MUL.APIN tablets record the dates that constellations appeared in the Assyrian sky. R. D. Flavin Using modern techniques — and some rocks — a US astronomer has traced the origin of a set of ancient clay tablets to a precise date and place. The tablets show constellations thought to be precursors of the present-day zodiac. The tablets, known collectively as MUL.APIN, contain nearly 200 astronomical observations, including measurements related to several constellations. They are written in cuneiform, a Middle-Eastern script that is one...
  • The Powerful Kings of the Van Kingdom

    08/01/2004 6:34:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 667+ views
    It is not certain when the reign of Ishpuini, who succeeded Sarduri, began. According to information gained from cuneiform inscriptions on tablets found near Zivistan Castle (now Elmal?), which is 15 km to the south of Van, Ishpuini was Sarduri's son. Thus it is probable that he ascended the throne in 825 or 824 B.C. One of the most important inscriptions made by King Ishpuini is the one describing the acquisition of the city of Musasir by the Urartu at Kelishin (Kel-i Shin). According to the information provided by the bilingual inscription on the Kelishin Stele, King Ishpuini had...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Can archaeology help confirm the Bible?

    12/01/2013 11:48:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Baptist Press ^ | November 4, 2013 | David Roach
    Whenever there's an archaeological discovery related to the Bible, conflicting interpretations by various experts can leave a believer's head spinning. Take the discovery in Israel of a palace from the era of King David earlier this year. An archaeologist from Hebrew University in Jerusalem said there's "unequivocal evidence" that David and his descendants ruled at the site. But critics, including some committed believers, say it could have belonged to other kingdoms and that David's palace likely would have been in Jerusalem some 18 miles northwest. Still others claim there is no archaeological evidence that David even existed. Similar confusion ensued...
  • Is the Syria of Today the Assyria of the Bible?

    09/11/2013 4:30:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/10/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Given all the talk of Syria in the news lately, I was asked if Syria is the same “Assyria” that is mentioned in the Bible. The answer is no from a political perspective. The modern state of Syria was formed after World War I and became independent after World War II.However, there are historical connections to ancient Assyria, including some similar territory. Given the recent news, perhaps we can take a brief look at ancient Assyria and the role it played in Biblical history. As with everything in Scripture, there are important teachings and admonitions for us.Assyria was one of...
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/29/2013 9:45:23 AM PDT · by Freeport · 8 replies
    AINA ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    (AINA) -- The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria. The area in Syria called al-Jazeera is now called Rojava in Kurdish media. At first I thought it was the name of a Kurdish village outside Qamishle, but a friend explained that Rojava means the "West" in Kurdish and the Kurds see it as the western part of "Kurdistan." If such autonomy becomes a reality, is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened...
  • The Assyrians and Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

    08/31/2013 8:47:15 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 8-20-2013 | Augin K. Haninke
    The Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD), a branch of Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK), recently declared that they want to form a Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria... is there any place for Assyrians? Is there room in a future ruled by Kurds, considering what happened in northern Iraq? Analysts I talked to are optimistic and see a difference from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in north Iraq. Assyrians make up about 30% of al-Jazeera's population and should have better conditions, they say. But the biggest threat to Assyrians is emigration, since many are fleeing to seek a better life in the West....
  • Israel: Bible Assyrian seige account matches archaeological find

    08/21/2013 3:54:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 21, 2013 | Megan Gannon
    Archaeologists say they have discovered massive fortifications on the coast of Israel that may have protected an Assyrian artificial harbor during the Iron Age more than 2,700 years ago. Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) unearthed the crescent-shaped structure in the Israeli city of Ashdod, just south of Tel Aviv. The impressive fortifications date back to the eighth century B.C. At their core is a mud-brick wall that measures more than 12 feet (3.6 meters) wide and 15 feet (4.5 m) high. This wall is covered in layers of mud and sand extending outward hundreds of feet. "The fortifications appear...
  • Kurds: The Engine of Democracy--A high-ranking Middle Eastern official says it could happen.

    09/20/2007 7:06:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 1+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | September 20, 2007 | Joseph Puder
    Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly Syria (KNA-S) was the guest speaker at an Interfaith Taskforce for America and Israel (ITAI) luncheon on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at Philadelphia’s Union League. ITAI’s chairman Charles Kahn Jr. introduced Mr. Abbas and greeted the roomful of participants, which included a number of Protestant clergymen. Rev. William Sutter delivered the invocation. A native of Western Kurdistan (Syria), Sherkoh Abbas is a longtime Kurdish-American activist who has successfully united the Syrian Kurdish movement, and created a coalition of Syrian opposition groups (Kurdish and Arab), whose aim is to bring freedom and democracy...
  • Time for an Independent Kurdistan

    05/17/2013 2:37:28 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    The American ^ | May 10, 2013 | Jay Hallen
    An independent Kurdistan is now more feasible than ever. The United States should seize this historic opportunity to support a strong ally in the Middle East – and one of the world’s most prominent stateless peoples. Recent events inside Iraq and Syria have made the moral and strategic case for an independent Kurdistan stronger than ever. Likewise, circumstances have shifted such that Turkish acceptance of a peaceful Kurdish state is increasingly evident. The United States would be wise to seize this historic opportunity and lend its diplomatic weight to the Kurdish cause. As Iraq heads toward an uncertain future, potentially...
  • Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan 'as independent'

    08/12/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | Saturday, August 12, 2012 | AFP
    Turkey has been dealing with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region as though it were an independent state, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement released on Saturday. Turkey is "dealing with the (Kurdistan) region as an independent state, and this is rejected by us," Maliki said in a soon-to-be broadcast interview with a Turkish television channel, according to the statement on his website. If Turkey "wants to establish good relations, its relations with the region must be built through the gate of Iraq," Maliki said. His remarks come after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Kurdistan and made a...
  • Kurdish leaders meet in Turkey for talks on possible Turkish intervention in Iraq

    03/16/2003 6:35:20 PM PST · by a_Turk · 34 replies · 247+ views
    AP ^ | 3/16/2003 | N/A
    ANKARA, Turkey - Top Iraqi Kurdish leaders arrived for talks with Turkish and U.S. officials Sunday on Turkey's plan to send troops into northern Iraq (news - web sites) in the event of a U.S.-led war. With U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) declaring at a summit in the Azores that Monday would be a "moment of truth" on Iraq, Washington has urged Turkey not to unilaterally send its forces across the border if the United States attacks. Kurdish officials warn a Turkish incursion could lead to clashes with their forces in northern Iraq, while U.S. officials...
  • Turkey Has Historical Interests In Northern Iraq - Defence Minister

    08/24/2002 8:27:20 PM PDT · by Davea · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AFP | 08/23-24/02
    Turkey has historical interests in north Iraq — defence minister ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey has historical interests in northern Iraq and will not tolerate the establishment of an independent Kurdish state there, the mass-circulation Milliyet on Thursday cited Defence Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu as saying. Northern Iraq “was forcibly separated (from Turkey) ... by manipulating (its) condition at the time,” Cakmakoglu was quoted as saying, referring to the early 1900s when the Ottoman Empire collapsed and Allied Western powers took over swathes of its territories in the Middle East. His statement came in response to a question about alleged plans by...
  • Iraqi Kurdistan: A Safe Haven for Christians?

    01/23/2013 8:00:50 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | January 14, 2013 | Alan Wisdom
    Iraq's Christian population has been the target of violence for several years.The Christian community in Iraq has suffered great loss in the decade since the U.S. invasion of 2003. Is there a ray of hope now that Iraq's Assyrian, Chaldean, Armenian, and other Christians can find a secure future in the Kurdistan region? This was the possibility contemplated at a December 5 conference sponsored by Catholic University in Washington, DC. Since 2003, Iraqi Christian homes, businesses, and churches have been targets of repeated violent attacks-bombings, shootings, kidnappings, arsons-perpetrated by militias aligned with other religious and ethnic groups. The central government...
  • Archaeologists Excavate Ancient Phoenician Port City [ Tel Achziv ]

    04/21/2012 8:10:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Gwyn Davies et al
    The ruins of the site rest atop a sandstone hill, hugging the far northern coast of the current State of Israel near the border with Lebanon. One can see later-period standing structures that provide the backdrop for what is now a national park and beach resort. But below the surface, and beneath the ocean waves, lie the remains of an ancient harbor town that reach back in history to as long ago as Chalcolithic times (4500 -3200 BC)... Known today as Tel Achziv, its remnants have been explored and excavated before, by Moshe Prausnitz from 1963 through 1964 and, in...
  • 1912 - milestone in the beginning of 'Christian Genocide' by Muslim Turkey

    04/15/2012 5:56:14 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 11 replies
    LibertyNewsOnline ^ | April, 2012
    1912 - MILESTONE IN THE BEGINNING OF THE 'CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE' BY MUSLIM TURKEY Perpetrators: Ottoman Islamic Turkey Victims: Christians: Armenians; Greeks; Assyrians The Jihad Against the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Christians Aug 7, 2011 - It was a jihad against Anatolian Christians... "Persecution, Expulsion and Annihilation of Christians in the Ottoman Empire 1912-1922." ... Most historians regard 1912 to 1925 as a time of massive Christian annihilation and relocation by ...http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/the_jihad_against_the_armenian_assyrian_and_greek_christians.html The Jihad Against the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Christians Posted GMT 8-7-2011 12:59:51http://www.aina.org/news/20110807075951.htm The History of the Armenian Genocide: Ethnic Conflict from the Balkans to Anatolia to the Caucasus...
  • Archaeology: Acropolis of forgotten kingdom uncovered

    02/21/2012 8:33:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies · 1+ views
    ANSA ^ | Friday, February 10, 2012 | ANSAmed
    Numerous archaeological excavations are underway at a huge site in Anatolia which will uncover an ancient and rich yet forgotten kingdom known as Tuwana from the darkness of history, which will be featured in an open-air museum. The news was reported by Lorenzo d'Alfonso, an Italian archaeologist leading the joint mission by the University of Pavia and NYU, who provided details on the excavation campaign in a press conference in Istanbul this month, during which the details of the Italian archaeological missions in Turkey were explained. This "new discovery" from the pre-classical age which "needs to be continued" in southern...
  • I've heard Herman Cain is weak on Foreign Policy.

    11/06/2011 12:12:04 PM PST · by mdittmar · 130 replies
    various | 11/6/11 | me
    So I have a question for Him!What is the capital of Assyria?
  • Turkey launches incursion into Iraq

    10/19/2011 5:19:04 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    Ap via Google ^ | October 19, 2011 | SELCAN HACAOGLU
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish soldiers, air force bombers and helicopter gunships launched an incursion into Iraq on Wednesday, hours after Kurdish rebels killed 24 soldiers and wounded 18 others in multiple attacks along the border. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had launched large-scale operations, including "a hot pursuit within the limits of international law." He did not elaborate, but added, "We will never bow to any attack from inside or outside Turkey." Erdogan canceled a visit to Kazakhstan after the attacks as the chief of the military as well as interior and defense ministers rushed to the...
  • HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT DOCUMENTS PLIGHT OF ASSYRIANS IN IRAQ

    06/22/2010 7:54:12 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 06/22/2010 | staff
    The plight of the native Assyrian Christians of Iraq is a serious one that continues to worsen with time. According to a report by the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), the Assyrians have suffered greatly for years. They have experienced genocide under an ailing Ottoman regime in Turkey and massacres by the ruling elites within their native homeland of Iraq. AINA said a further threat to existence in their homeland has arisen with the rise of radical Islamists who are trying to cleanse the region of any Christian groups. The Assyria Council of Europe (ACE) has collaborated with the Iraq...
  • Author: European Antichrist looking more and more unlikely

    05/30/2010 5:36:00 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 86 replies · 1,438+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 3/30/2010 | WND Exclusive
    With Europe on the verge of economic collapse, what about all those popular predictions that the European Union would become the world's political powerhouse, giving rise to the endtimes prophecies of a world dictator known to Bible students as the Antichrist? Joel Richardson, author of a bestselling book on Bible prophecy, says atheists will have a field day mocking Christians for the incorrect interpretations about the last days. When ""The Islamic Antichrist" was released last fall, it immediately zoomed to the top of the religious charts at Amazon and the No. 1 spot among all books at Scribd – an...
  • World's oldest telescope? [ Assyrian telescope? ]

    08/11/2007 8:19:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies · 614+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, July 1, 1999 | Dr David Whitehouse
    According to Professor Giovanni Pettinato of the University of Rome, a rock crystal lens, currently on show in the British museum, could rewrite the history of science. He believes that it could explain why the ancient Assyrians knew so much about astronomy. It is a theory many scientists might be prepared to accept, but the idea that the rock crystal was part of a telescope is something else. To get from a lens to a telescope, they say, is an enormous leap. Professor Pettinato counters by asking for an explanation of how the ancient Assyrians regarded the planet Saturn as...
  • Cuneiform clay tablet translated for the first time

    04/04/2008 5:49:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies · 238+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | 03/31/2008 | Staff
    A cuneiform clay tablet that has puzzled scholars for over 150 years has been translated for the first time. The tablet is now known to be a contemporary Sumerian observation of an asteroid impact at Köfels, Austria and is published in a new book, 'A Sumerian Observation of the Köfels' Impact Event.' The giant landslide centred at Köfels in Austria is 500m thick and five kilometres in diameter and has long been a mystery since geologists first looked at it in the 19th century. The conclusion drawn by research in the middle 20th century was that it must be...
  • Clay tablet holds clue to asteroid mystery

    03/30/2008 8:33:39 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 52 replies · 2,124+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/31/2008 | Nic Fleming
    British scientists have deciphered a mysterious ancient clay tablet and believe they have solved a riddle over a giant asteroid impact more than 5,000 years ago. Geologists have long puzzled over the shape of the land close to the town of Köfels in the Austrian Alps, but were unable to prove it had been caused by an asteroid. Now researchers say their translation of symbols on a star map from an ancient civilisation includes notes on a mile-wide asteroid that later hit Earth - which could have caused tens of thousands of deaths. The circular clay tablet was discovered 150...
  • Special Report: Ekron Identity Confirmed [ from 1998 ]

    11/20/2006 9:03:51 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 364+ views
    Archaeology ^ | January/February 1998 | Seymour Gitin, Trude Dothan, and Joseph Naveh
    An inscription carved into a limestone slab found at Tel Miqne, 23 miles southwest of Jerusalem, confirms the identification of the site as Ekron, one of the five Philistine capital cities mentioned in the Bible. The inscription is unique because it contains the name of a biblical city and five of its rulers, two of whom are mentioned as kings in texts other than the Bible. The only such inscription found in situ in a securely defined, datable archaeological context, it has far-reaching implications for our understanding of the history of Ekron and Philistia... The inscription was found in the...
  • Human Shield: I was wrong

    01/30/2005 5:34:27 AM PST · by syberghost · 4 replies · 377+ views
    LiveJournal ^ | 1/30/2005 | syberghost
    I just watched a fascinating, but all too brief, interview with Rev. Ken Joseph Jr., an Assyrian Christian whose parents escaped Iraq in 1917, and later answered the call to help rebuild Japan. During the process that led up to the war in Iraq, Rev. Joseph was very vocal against the war on his radio program, and participated in demonstrations against it in Japan. He saw it as an unjust war against the people of Iraq, which were after all HIS people. He was so adamant in this position that he in fact became a human shield, in the hopes...
  • King Solomon's Name Lingers At 'Armageddon' Digging Site

    09/04/2004 4:46:48 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 1,360+ views
    The Journal Gazette ^ | 9-4-2004 | Bill Broadway
    Posted on Sat, Sep. 04, 2004 King Solomon’s name lingers at ‘Armageddon’ digging site By Bill Broadway Washington PostGeorge Washington University student Sarah Loyer, left, and Mariana Litvin, a student from Buenos Aires, Argentina, excavate a portion of what is called Solomon’s Palace in Megiddo, Israel. Five George Washington University students and their archaeology professor went to Armageddon this summer, not to search for clues to a cosmic battle yet to come between good and evil, but to seek understanding of civilizations past. One of the most important issues they addressed was whether a palace attributed to King Solomon in...