List of "Reported" Assyrians
murdered in Iraq in 2005.
Compiled by Fred Aprim
Dec. 3, 05
The list below represents the high profile killings directed
specifically against Assyrians as reported by the media. Most
other death are never reported, including those who are killed
outside the large cities, or as part of the general population
killed during the terrorists attacks or are murdered while serving
in the military or the police.
March 15, 2005
Some 30 members of the gang of Mugtada al-Sadr (the al-Mahdi
Army) attacked a group of Engineering College students of Basra
University. The students were having a picnic at al-Andalus Park,
downtown Basra, when a hooded gang in the name of Islam attacked
and began to beat them with batons and sticks. One Christian
student Zahra Ashor was killed and fifteen others students were
badly injured. When a fellow student attempted to help Zahra,
he was shot in the head. At least 20 students were kidnapped
and taken to Sadr's office in al-Tuwaisa for 'interrogation'
and were released late at night. The gang stole the student's
belongings, including telephones, jewelry, and destroyed the
tape recorder they were using to listen to music and many tapes.
The attacks are because the female students were not wearing
the Islamic hijab (veil) and because the students were listening
March 16, 2005
General Wael Yousif Yacoub, a Chaldo-Assyrian, was assassinated
earlier today while returning home from Baghdad, a reporter of
the Iraqi News Agency said today. According to eyewitnesses,
armed men surrounded the general's car and began shooting; he
was killed immediately. General Yacoub worked as an officer in
the Internal Affairs Department of the Kirkuk Police. He was
credited with the re-opening of the Kirkuk police force after
the fall of Saddam Hussein. General Yacoub represented the Christians'
voice in the affairs dealing with the local Police Board and
was an ex-officer in the Iraqi army. General Yacoub was also
a deacon (shamasha) at the Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in Kirkuk
and considerably respected in his community. Sources to Zinda
Magazine indicate that lately General Yacoub had been openly
criticizing the Kurdish position on the ownership of the city
Zinda magazine (3/16/2005)
Wael was murdered when a car stopped next to his and began
to fire at him. Wael was from Telkepe originally. He became a
member of the ADM after the liberation of Iraq in April 9, 2003.
He was an Engineer. He is married and had two daughters. Islamist
Ansar al-Sunna army announced its responsibility for the killing.
March 23, 2005
Karim Elia Abouna, an Assyrian originally from Alqosh, was murdered
in the Assyrian quarters of Dora, Baghdad today. An armed group
of men entered his shop, shot him five times with light guns
and he was killed immediately.
March 27, 2005
Kifah Mattai Ibraham was found murdered in Mosul. He was kidnapped
on March 3. He was born in 1962 and is married. He ran his own
stone factory business in Mosul.
April 24, 2005
Ishaq Habib Kola (b. 1953 in Alqosh) was killed when a bullet
targeted him while he was inside his home. Ishaq worked in the
medical field for some 25 years and dedicated his life for helping
others. He was married and had 4 children. His aged father from
Alqosh was visiting the family when the murder took place and
Ishaq passed away in the arms of his old father.
May 18, 2005
Mosul, Nineveh Province
Laith Zuhair Gibraeil Hoodi (b. 1977) was killed immediately
on Wednesday morning when a rocket hit his home in al-Sukkar
quarters in Mosul. His mother I'atimad abd al-Ahad was hit by
many splinters in her arms, legs, and other parts of her body,
she remains in critical condition in the hospital.
June 1, 2005
Mosul, Nineveh Province
Ghassan Fahmi, (b. 1977) owner of Ghassan's D.J. and Recording
business, in al-Zuhoor quarter, was kidnapped by an unidentified
group from his business place on Wednesday June 1. He was murdered
and his body returned back two hours later.
June 2, 2005
A car bomb exploded in the Arapha Assyrian quarters. Randy Robert
Alexin (5 years young) who was riding with his parents in their
own car was killed immediately, while both his parents were injured
and transferred to a near by hospital. Funeral was held in St.
George Church in Almas quarters.
July 3, 2005
Younadam Youkhana Shimun (born 1963) was attacked and killed
in a hate crime related motive. His son was injured in the operation.
Mr. Shimun was married and had two sons and a daughter.
Source: ADM weekly News
July 7, 2005
On Thursday, a Christian owner of a Liquor shop was killed. A
car stopped in front of the store that sells in al-Karrada quarters
in center Baghdad, an armed man stepped out of the car, and began
shooting at the owner. The owner of the shop was killed instantly.
July 16, 2005
A small explosion rocked the Assyrian Church in Habbaniya, Ramadi
in Iraq. There was some damage to the roof of the church. No
civilian injuries have been reported yet.
July 22, 2005
Gunmen fired on a car carrying newlyweds who were married last
Wednesday and their families, killing the bride (Salay, 22) while
wounding her mother, groom (Wisam Abdul Wahad, 24) and driver
(Marcel Ishoo) in the southern Dora neighborhood of Baghdad according
to police and medical officials.
(www.zindamagazine.com, July 23, 2005 issue)
August 4, 2005
On August 4, 2005, Dr. Noel Petros Shammas Matti was kidnapped
by an unknown group. He was found dead the day after his abduction.
Dr. Matti was born in the village of Bartilla in 1962; he was
married and a father for two daughters. He was a lecturer at
the Medical Institute of Mosul University and owned a pharmacy
in the same city.
August 6, 2005
In Mosul, armed men kidnapped pharmacist Noel Potrus (born 1963)
and his brother Amar and an Arab who worked in the pharmacy on
August 6, 2005. Noel's body and that of the Arab were found thrown
on the side road north of Mosul. Amar was released after paying
August 8, 2005
In Mosul, the body of Anita Theodoros Harjo (born 1985), a student
in Nineveh Art Academy, was found on August 8, 2005, thrown in
'Akkab cemetery. Anita was kidnapped in al-Zohoor quarters while
on her way to an Internet Café.
August 9, 2005
In Baghdad, Dura quarters (al-Mekanik), Sargon Esho (born 1983)
was shot and
killed on August 9, 2005 near Mar Zaia Church as he was attempting
to do some groceries.
August 11, 2005
On Thursday, August 11, 2005, Engineer Sa'aad Fouzi was kidnapped
opposite Sonobor Hotel in al-Muhafada St in Kirkuk. His body
was found later stabbed repeatedly and thrown in Kornish st.
Sa'aad was 29 years old and worked as an engineer in Northern
August 14, 2005
Dora district, Baghdad
On Sunday, August 14, 2005, Ayad Dawood Gergis was driving his
car to work when he was attacked and killed by unknown gunmen.
August 26, 2005
Bartella, North of Iraq
Two groups of armed men in military uniforms began shooting near
a gas station in Bartella. Nabil Akram Ammona (b. 1968, married
with two children) was killed instantly and Matti Shimon Sha'ya
(b. 1950, married with four children) was hit in the head and
is struggling to survive.
It has been reported that the KDP member peshmerges killed
the two Assyrian civilians by shooting them in the head. The
Iraqi sources commented on the event and said that the Assyrians
holding demonstrations against constitution resulted in the reaction
of the Kurdish peshmerges. According to the received information,
Nabil Akram Ammona was shot down dead in the head by the KDP
peshmerges in Bartilla. While waiting the tank of his car to
be filled up at the gas station the KDP pehmerges entering the
station got out of their vehicles and approached Ammona and took
the gas pump out of the tank of the car. Later, they killed Ammona
shooting him in the head.
Meanwhile, Matti Shimon Zora Sha'ya who wished to take Ammona
to the hospital was shot by the same peshmerges and in the same
way. Sha'ya who was taken to the hospital after the peshmerges
escaped the crime scene and he lost his life.
September 22, 2005
In the capital's New Baghdad neighborhood, gunmen opened fire
on a Nissan pickup truck that was carrying six Assyrian security
guards assigned to protect Ms. Pascale Warda Esho, Assyrian and
the former Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration. Ms.
Warda was not harmed in this attack. The body guards were on
their way to collect Ms. Warda Esho. The identities of the guards
killed were released as: 1. Daniel Nissan Philipos, 27, town
of Dehe; 2. Ninos Nissan Philipos, 30, town of Dehe (brothers);
3. Mahir Muneb Hanna, 27, town of Telkepe; 4. Johnny Youkhanna
David, 30, town of Dawedeya. Mr. Nabeel Matti, a commanding officer
from Bartilla, was critically injured.
October 17, 2005
A group of armed men entered the apartment of Nomat'eel Hasra,
an Assyrian woman living in the New Baghdad district, in eastern
Baghdad, and killed her. No reasons are yet known.
October 27, 2005
(Tikrit, north of Baghdad)
A group of terrorists attacked an Assyrian family killing Younan
Gharib and seriously injuring his wife and brother-in-law. Younan
has been staying in Syria because of the conditions in Iraq.
He had decided to return to Baghdad, move to northern Iraq, and
live there among his extended family in a village by the Iraqi-Turkish
October 29, 2005
(Kirkuk, Northern Iraq)
At around 6:30 p.m., a white Opel stopped in front of Oil Engineer
Michael Seeron Michael's house in Almas District. Five armed
Kurds were in the car. As a group stepped out and knocked on
the door, others kept the car running. As Michael opened the
front door, the Kurds shot him with four bullets in his chest
that killed him immediately. Michael, known to his close friends
as Mikho, was the executive director for the northern branch
of the Iraqi Oil Company. He had told his close friends that
he was being threatened by members of the Kurdistan Democratic
Party (KDP) when they were visiting him at the company and they
were asking him to quit his job and join the Kurdish party. Michael
is survived by his seven sisters, who are scattered around the
November 2, 2005
(Kirkuk, Northern Iraq)
On Wednesday, at approximately 5:00 p.m., a car bomb exploded
near the Church of Mar Giwargis in the Assyrian quarters of Almas
district in Kirkuk. One of the three civilian victims was an
18-year-old Assyrian Sarmad Fadi Kamil. His father was injured
in the explosion. http://www.ankawa.com/forum/index.php?topic=16067.0
November 21, 2005
(al-Ghadeer quarters, Baghdad)
Baghdad police announced that a group of armed men stormed a
Christian home in East Baghdad's al-Ghadeer quarters, which has
a Christian majority, and killed four Christian women in the
November 29, 2005
Gunmen in two cars opened fire today on four members of the Assyrian
Democratic Movement as they hung Iraqi election posters in Mosul,
killing two of them. One person was also wounded in the morning
attack, according to Dr. Bahaldin al-Bakri from the Jumhouri
The gunmen began firing while the party officials were pasting
posters on walls for the coming parliamentary elections in al-Shuhadaa
neighborhood in northeast Mosul around 1:30 p.m. local time.
The four ADM members are:
1. Martyr Yousif Nabil Ishmael - from Baghdeda (born 1986).
2. Martyr Gewargis Brikha Youkhana - from Nahla (born 1980).
3. Simon Edmon Youkhana, injured (born 1983).
4. Milad Zakkar Mansour (born 1987) He is currently in
a life threatening condition after receiving a gunshot wound
to the head.
December 2, 2005
Sarmad Behnam Ibrahim (b. 1974), an Assyrian, a member of the
Assyrian Democratic Movement and an officer in the Kirkuk Police
Department, was murdered while on duty.