Middle East Who are the Assyrian Christians under attack from Islamic State? (+video)

With roots in ancient Mesopotamia and a tenuous footing within modern Middle East nation-states, Assyrians have been displaced by conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and exile communities have grown up in Turkey, Iran, and Europe.  

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For Assyrian Christians in present-day Syria and Iraq, religious persecution has been a constant for much of their modern history.