Secretary of State
United States Department of State
2201 C Street N.W.
Washington DC. 20520
It was brought to our attention that 17 members
from the United States Senate have addressed a letter to you
dated January 27, 2015 in order to help the vulnerable Native
Iraqis/Chaldeans and other minor components, i.e. Mandaeans and
However, despite the noble call to save the
vulnerable minor Iraqi components, that letter, for unknown
reason, has designated the majority of Iraqi Christians as
Assyrians, which is not only incorrect but it is insulting.
Chaldeans are not only the majority of Iraqi
Christians but they are the indigenous people of Iraq. Their
percentage prior to the 2003 invasion was around 85% of all
Iraqi Christians, while the so-called Assyrians, which is an
imported group from Turkey and Iran in 1918 constitute barely
4.3%. Furthermore, this group was not recognized as Iraqi
citizens until the Ba’th regime created a church for them in
1968 and granted them Iraqi citizenship in 1972. The question
is: if those honorable congress members do not know this simple
fact, how on earth could they be able to fix a much larger
problem, such as the ongoing genocide of Native Iraqis by ISIS,
the GoI and KRG, not to mention the regional and international
We at the Chaldean Educational Center of America
(CECA) strongly believe that some source has intentionally
Congress members. Their statement with respect to our identity,
“Assyrians, also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs”, is not only
untrue, but it is also quite offensive to the majority of Iraqi
As the president of the Chaldean Educational
Center of America, one of the few leading Chaldean organizations
in the USA since 1974, I am sorry to tell you that the Congress
members’ letter was another phase of an ongoing campaign to
hijack the position of the real indigenous people of Iraq, the
This campaign was implemented by the British in
1884 when Rev. William Ainger Wigram approached the Nestorians
of Qochanis (Turkey) and successfully bought the approval of
their religious-tribal leaders of Hekkari for 7,000 GBP and an
illusion of assisting them in creating their own "autonomous
entity" in southeast Turkey, where they belong.
For many, well-documented reasons, the British
could not fulfill their promise. Then, another well-documented
scheme was conducted by Wigram, Captain George F. Gracey (D.S.O.),
of the British Intelligence Service, and the Kurds' tribal
leader, Isma’il Agha Simko (Shakak tribe).
In the end, the Nestorian Patriarch, Mar Shimun
Binyamin, was assassinated on March 3, 1918.
Soon after, the Nestorian tribes of Qochanis were
relocated to Iran then to Iraq in 1918 under the new, made-up
name Assyrians, according to an agreement between the
assassinated Patriarch’s sister, Surma Khanem, and Rev. Wigram.
The latter settled those imported groups in a
refugee camp in Ba’quba, east Baghdad. The number of those
tribes did not exceed 40,000 with another 15,000 Armenians who
fled Armenia, and were later on moved out of Ba’quba to another
camp in Basra. While half of the Nestorians were moved to the
Mandan bridge camp by Maqloub mountain, east of Mosul, the other
half was divided into three groups; the first settled in Kirkuk,
the second in Habbaniyah (Anbar), and the third in Baghdad (Dourah
and Camp Sarah).
With pressure from the former dictator of Iraq,
Saddam Hussein, that imported group was granted Iraqi
citizenship in 1972. Today, the Nestorians of Qochanis/Hekkari
continue pursuing their illusion about having their own country
by misleading the United Nations and other worldwide
decision-making institutions. Yet, their major problems are:
1- They are not only not native Iraqis, but, in
fact, they are just an imported group from Turkey and Iran. That
is why, out of close to 350 Christian towns and villages in
northern Iraq, there are only four tiny villages that are
inhabited by the so-called Assyrians (Dashqotan, Berozafa,
A’mbaqri, and Naseeriya), as well as half of Sharafiya village
by the famous Chaldean village of Alqosh. These five tiny
villages were not affected by ISIS's barbaric invasion.
2- To legitimize their demands they need to:
a- Contain the majority of Iraqi Christians
within their group with help from the political leaders of the
Kurdistan Regional Government, in particular, Mr. Masoud
Barzani. (The so-called Assyrian minority is 4.3%, while the
majority of Iraqi Christians are 92.5% Chaldeans (including our
Iraqi brothers and sisters who follow the Syriac rite).
b- Use the made-up name Assyrians instead of
their actual name (the Nestorians of Qochanis) to convince the
UN and other decision-makers that they are native Iraqis in
order to receive their support. While Nestorianism is a
Christological doctrine advanced by Nestorius, Patriarch of
Constantinople from 428–431, it is considered heresy by the
Catholic church, which most Iraqi Christians practice. Around
95% percent of Iraqi Christians are Catholics.
any Near-eastern scholar knows that names such as Babylonians
and Assyrians refer to State inhabitants and not to ethnicity,
while the term "Chaldeans" refers to the descendants of the
Proto-Kaldi 5300 BC - Present.
as you can see, the entire statement is misleading and full of
deception, i.e., the political quota in Iraq is recognized as a
Christian quota, not as Assyrian. The five seats in the Iraqi
Parliament represent Iraqi Christians not the so-called
Assyrians of Iraq whose percentage comparing to other Iraqi
Christians is only 4.3%. However, because of the legitimacy of
being Native Iraqis applies only to Chaldeans and their related
groups “Mandaeans” as well as in part to “Yazidies”, the Kurds
created their own Christian party “Chaldean Syriac Assyrian
Council” in order to take over the Chaldean lands, i.e., Nineveh
plain and Dohuk.
Your fully equipped DoS has all the resource to
double-check the information included in my letter. Your
advisors can also examine the included information through the
right channels such as Yale University and the Vatican
Chaldeans, including our brothers and sisters,
Iraq Syriacs and Mandaeans, were and still are subjected to a
very vicious campaign to eliminate their identity as the only
indigenous people of Iraq. We need your help to stop this unfair
campaign against the indigenous people of Iraq (Chaldeans), as
well as to stop the ongoing Iraqi Christian genocide.
by designating us under the improper name Assyrians you
are not only supporting this imported group that assumes our
identity to be treated as the true native Iraqis, but you are
intentionally jeopardizing the noble call to save the indigenous
people of Iraq, not to mention, allying with the power that is
intentionally trying to spread hate and injustice against our
We are, according to the tangible antiquities and
Biblical evidence, the descendants of the proto-Chaldeans 5300BC
- present, the founders of the ancient states in ancient Iraq,
Sumer-Akkad, Babylonia, and Assyria. We have all the right to
appeal to you, to not be mislead by the incorrect term that was
used in the Congress members’ letter.
Once again, the native Iraqi Christians are
ethnically Chaldeans, not Assyrians. We urge you to investigate
this issue carefully, and grant the correct people their rights
to be recognized by the greatest nation on earth, the United
States of America, as the true indigenous people of Iraq. There
are close to 300,000 thousand Chaldeans in the State of Michigan
alone and their voice is essential during the elections, and we
strongly believe that our voices must be heard by the Congress
members and other U.S. officials.
We would sincerely like to thank the seventeen
honorable members of the Congress, who addressed
you with this crucial message. However, we would also like them
to understand that we are Chaldeans, and we are the indigenous
people of Iraq, “Ancient Mesopotamia”. Therefore, our Native
Iraqi brothers and sisters must be recognized and protected by
the international community, being the
descendants of the nation that our forefathers,
the pioneers of human culture, founded
almost 7314 years ago. It is your call to help Mesopotamia, the
cradle of civilization, and its true descendants, who
established the most ancient and sophisticated civilization
which created the blueprint of today's culture.
Your prompt response is highly appreciated. May
the LORD always bless you and speed the USA.
Amer H. Hanna, CECA President
Visual Artist & Historian
Former Senior Adviser for the U.S.
Army on Middle East Ethno-religious Affairs
235th U.S. Army Birthday, Strength
of the Nation Award Nominee
With your permission, I am eager to provide you with my latest
released 550-page academic book entitled: The Untold Story of
Native Iraqis (Chaldean Mesopotamians 5300 BC - Present).
The book Press Release is available at:
This unclassified letter will be made public via local,
national, and international media.
- United States
Senators: Mark Kirk/ Richard J. Durbin/ James M. Inhofe/ Roger
F. Wicker/ Sherrod Brown/ Ted Cruz/ Pat Roberts/ Dianne
Feinstein / Garry Peters / John Boozman / Jeanne Shaheen / Deb
Fischer/ Orrin G. Hatch/ Debbie Stabenow/ Roy Blunt/ Tim Scott/
and Rob Portman.
- His Excellency,
Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of
Saint Peter the Apostle
Mrs. Nazek A. Gappy,
Esq., Chaldean American Task Force
Gregory H. Stanton, Genocide Watch