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The Betrayal of the Powerless

Mar-01-2021 at 06:20 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

The Betrayal of the Powerless
Assyrians after the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq
by Frederick A. Aprim

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The Betrayal of the Powerless
Assyrians after the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq
by Frederick A. Aprim | profile | writings | website

Book Details

  • Publisher: Xlibris US
    (February 24, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1664157956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1664157958
  • Weight: 1.59 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1.11 inches

Book Description

The indigenous Assyrians, Yezidis and the other smaller groups in Iraq were jubilant listening to United States President Bush explain the objectives behind the 2003 war on Iraq, promising to end the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein and securing freedom for all Iraqi people, regardless of their ethnicity or religious belief. It did not take long before the Assyrians began witnessing a genocide and yet another betrayal (the first was that promise made by of the British post World War I) when the US deserted the indigenous Assyrians and Yezidis and surrendered to the demands of the Shi'a Arabs and the Kurds. The continuous attacks on the Assyrian Christians in Iraq and bombing of churches started in 2004 and intensified through 2011. In 2014, ISIS invaded the Assyrian and Yezidi towns in northern Iraq (and in Syria) and caused a new tragedy and genocide while the Kurds and Shi'a strengthened their positions in the new Iraq.

Book Review

Mr. Aprim provides in his book, The Betrayal of the Powerless: Assyrians After the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq, a lucid outline and analysis of the events after the fall of Saddam Hussein and the rise of the ambitious Kurdish power in the region inhabited by Iraq's indigenous population of Assyrians. According to the Author, the American policy in Iraq after the two Gulf Wars brought no end to their marginalized political power. In fact, it unleashed other internal and external actors who further deteriorated their status as the oldest inhabitants of Mesopotamia. This is an essential reading in order to fully understand the condition of the Assyrians under Kurdish, Arab and Islamic rules and the challenges faced by Assyrians in Iraq, Syria and perhaps soon in Iran. Mr. Aprim, with this work introduces the reader to the historical and current reality told by a person who knows the socio-ethnic-cultural environment of the different ethnic groups of Mesopotamia and their neighbours. The concise description of the events reflects a deep knowledge on behalf of the author of the modern history of the Assyrians.

Professor Dr. Efrem Yildiz
Vice-Rector for International Relations
University of Salamanca, Spain

In his new book Frederick Aprim offers a detailed survey of the plight suffered by the Assyrians of Iraq in the 21st century. It details how the American invasion in 2003 stirred up renewed hope for liberation, resettlement and even self-determination among this indigenous minority, only to be crushed once again as discrimination and the horrors unleashed by ISIS in 2014 caused renewed waves of emigration. Today, fewer Assyrians than ever before in history remain in their ancestral areas. Aprim's work offers an important insider perspective to anyone who wishes to understand the current state and future outlook of the Assyrians in Iraq and the Middle East.

Professor Aryo Makko
Professor of History and Director of the Hans Blix Centre for the History of International Relations
Stockholm University, Sweden

About the author

Frederick A. Aprim was born in the city of Kirkuk (the ancient Assyrian city of Arrapha), northern Iraq (Assyria). He is a graduate of Mosul University with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Fred's family, like many Assyrian families, experienced its own share of oppression and persecution. While in Iraq, both his father and teenage brother were imprisoned unfairly and tortured. In 2003, he published a booklet titled "Indigenous People in Distress." In December 2004, he published his second book "Assyrians: The Continuous Saga". His third book on the Assyrian genocide and the Assyrian national question "Assyrians: From Bedr Khan to Saddam Hussein" (First Edition) was published in July 2006, the second edition in January 2007, followed by the second edition third printing in March, 2016. The fourth and newest book, “The Betrayal of the Powerless” was published in February 2021.

Fred's many articles are posted on: and other Assyrian websites.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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