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Who are the people suffering genocide at the hands of an Islamist terrorist army that is seeking to dismantle Iraq and Syria to establish an Islamic Caliphate?

They are Christians and Yezidi.

Iraq – Mesopotamia - The Land of Two Rivers, is now known to be the birth place of civilization. While all Iraqis will proudly speak of their regional heritage and their unified ancient history in the land known as the Levant (Fertile Crescent) the Yezidi speak of a unified code of laws that include monotheistic worship. Their laws began with the 7 laws of Noah and later expanded to include the Judaic 10 Commandments. They practice a moral way of life that includes celebrating nature and giving thanks to the One God who created everything rather than an organized religion. The Yezidi we are seeing via news media in northern Iraq are the remnant of a clan of people who were scattered throughout the Levant in approximately 2800 B.C. after invaders from north of Syria invaded and destroyed their core city of Asshur. Those invaders called themselves Assyrians. It took the invaders three tries over a century to destroy Nineveh the first time. Later it was rebuilt by several

Mesopotamian kings often incorrectly identified as Assyrian, they were the Akkadians. Its final destruction came in about 600 B.C. Many tablets from King Ashurbanipal's library, the last Akkadian king, were buried with artifacts. Archeologists discovered the subterranean Nineveh vault during the last century that sheds light on the Yezidi and all Akkadians. After a thousand years of wars of domination and genetic blending the term Assyrian took hold. Today most Mesopotamians

refer to themselves as Assyrians but not the Yezidi who maintain the faith and traditions of pre-3000 B.C. Mesopotamia. They do not intermarry with people of non-Mesopotamian lineage. They will not convert to either Christianity or Islam. For that reason they have been often misunderstood and much maligned for many cen-turies. They are, in fact, the descendants of the region of Mesopotamia known as Akkadia whose greatest central city was Nineveh. A look at the ancient art and artifacts of the Akkadians will give you a fuller understanding of these people. Recent re-dating of archeological discoveries coincides with Yezidi tradition of an approximately 10,000 year history. The art, music, textiles, engineering, agriculture and architecture of the Akkadians and Sumerians had developed for 6,000 years before the beginning of Egypt.

Ancient Mesopotamia and the YEZIDI

By Marc Rubin

Sargon’s bronze death mask. King Sargon was born in the ruins of Nineveh.He rebuilt Nineveh but also improved Babylon and made it his capitol.

The Yezidi are said to worship Angels. Akkadian artifacts like this lady’s head veil above makes it clear that Angels were an important part of their mainstream daily culture. An Akkadian lady's head piece with pomegranate flowers and fruit plus angels. 3500 B.C.

King Sargon's solid gold Helmut

The pomegranate flower was used to denote the number of children born to a woman.

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