Assyrian International News Agency

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The Assyrian International News Agency is a privately funded, independent news agency which provides news and analysis on Assyrian and Assyrian-related issues. It was founded by Peter BetBasoo and Firas Jatou in 1995.[1]


The web site is registered to an address in Chicago, Illinois, belonging to Nineveh Software Corporation.[2]

AINA articles have been cited by USA Today,[3] Fox News,[4] The Christian Post,[5][6] and United Press International.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Adam H. Becker of New York University[8] gives the AINA web site as an example of "those published by either ecclesiastical or nationalist-ethnic" Syriac Christian organizations who promote Assyrian continuity claims.[9]


  1. ^ BetBasoo, Peter. "About AINA". About AINA. AINA. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Whois search
  3. ^ "Report: Saudis sent death-row inmates to fight Syria"
  4. ^ "Report: Egyptian Muslims Torch 8 Christian Homes on Rumor of Church Construction"
  5. ^ "Assyrian Christians Raise Alarm Over Iraq Elections" - UNPO
  6. ^ "Egyptian Court Acquits Muslims Who Beheaded a Christian" - Crosswalk
  7. ^ "Sunni group warns Assyrians in Mosul". United Press International. July 2, 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-25. "A group calling itself "The Battalion of Just Punishment, Jihad Base in Mesopotamia" sent a letter to churches in northern Iraq threatening the Assyrian community for collaborating with U.S. forces and for seeking to establish an autonomous police force, Assyrian International News Agency said Wednesday." 
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  9. ^ Adam H. Becker, The Ancient Near East in the Late Antique Near East: Syriac Christian Appropriation of the Biblical East in Gregg Gardner, Kevin Lee Osterloh (eds.) Antiquity in antiquity: Jewish and Christian pasts in the Greco-Roman world, p. 395-396, 2008, Mohr Siebeck, ISBN 978-3-16-149411-6

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