Asim Rafiqui

Between the Cross and the Kalashnikov: Iraq's Assyrian Christians (21 images)

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Northern Iraq, 2005: The Assyrian Christians find themselves trapped between militant and political Islamists who consider them America’s co-religionists and hence collaborators, and Kurdish nationalists who are increasingly intolerant of difference.

Nearly a million Assyrians live in Iraq. Saddam Hussein made them exiles in their own land when he decreed that there were no Assyrians, just Christian Arabs. Thousands of years of history and culture of a people indigenous to...
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