Assyrian's identity
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Assyrian's identity

This report was made in 2014 and 2015 in Syrian Kurdistan (Tirbespiyeh) and Iraqi Kurdistan (Al Qosh) and is still ongoing.
In these war-torn areas, Assyriac christians are claiming to be recognize as an ethnic group such as Kurds or Armenian can be, and not only associated as christians. They are invoking their thousand-year long history beginning from the kingdom of Ashur. The community of Assyriacs suffered a huge trauma in 1915 when they were massively killed in the same time as the armenians by the newly-created turkish republic. A lot of them then fled to Iraq and Syria, where ancient communities were established.
Political movements supporting that claim already existed before, but were severely watched by the regimes in Syria and Iraq. But when this authoritarian regimes lost their power, they tried to organize themselves to support heir claim for autonomy.They are trying to organize by providing protection to people, fighting against daesh and helping refugees. In Syria, part of the syriacs choose to join the kurdish autonomous administration, allowing them to teach syriac language in school and have their own armed forces. In Iraq, the situation is more complex. While a political movement choose to ally with the Kurdistan Regional Government, another want to remain independant. But thus this movement is lacking of support.