Bethnahrin Patriotic Union issues statement on anniversary of ISIS invasion of Nineveh Plains

BETH NAHRIN — On the eighth anniversary of the Islamic State (ISIS) invasion of Nineveh Plains in Iraq in 2014, the Bethnahrin Patriotic Union (MUB) issued a statement.

After the fall of the city of Mosul, the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people faced a vicious wave of religious persecution not seen since 2005, shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Hundreds of thousands of Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians and Yezidis were displaced from Mosul and the wider Nineveh Plains, according to the MUB, with more than 100,000 Christians emigrating from Iraq. Christians in Baghdad were no better off than those from Mosul, added the statement. Between 2005 and 2014, more than 1,400 Christians had been killed and more than half of their immovable property confiscated or tampered with.

The statement concluded by pointing out the dire situation of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian cause, despite the territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq for years. They continue to live in a state of persistent displacement, economic vulnerability, and political marginalization.