Unlike predominant groups, independent Assyrian parties heavily rely on expatriate voters to secure their seats in Iraq's parliament.
Rather than highlight the plight of Assyrians and other Christian groups in the Middle East, Pope Francis' visit may end up worsening their situation.
Shiite Islam, including Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani and his millions of followers around the world, are important to the future of coexistence in the Middle East and across the world.
While the papal tour to Iraq may have inspired hope in many, it also revealed how insidious the systematic erasure of Middle Eastern Christians, and other ethnic and religious minorities, is—and how easily their experiences have been sidelined for the sake of political expediency.
Whether it is on the campaign trail in search of votes or holding fundraisers, candidates from George W. Bush to Barack Obama have all promised to recognize the Armenian genocide as president.
The "historic decision" is the first time the European body has recognized an ongoing genocide.
Two children are the first ever to be released by ISIS, according to Assyrian group.
A photojournalist captures the mourning rituals for 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS in Libya.
A human rights group said the terrorist group is attempting "ethnic cleansing."
UN say 8,000 civilians killed in second half of 2014 as militants oppress Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen.