Assyrian National Rights in the Middle East
The Assyrians are a distinct ethnic indigenous people that have resided in the Middle East for thousands of years. Following the growth of intolerant nationalistic and religious ideas in the 20th century, the Assyrians have suffered severe persecution and genocides at the hands of Turkish and Iraqi regimes in addition to Kurdish tribes. Following the 2003 Iraq war, Muslim extremist groups and Kurdish militias have attacked Assyrians, causing tens of thousands to flee Iraq and surrounding countries. Today, Assyrians in the Middle East struggle to preserve their presence due to religious persecution and lack of protection and political representation in local governments.