The Betrayal of the Powerless

Assyrians after the 2003 US Invasion of Iraq

by Frederick Aprim



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/24/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781664157958
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 496
ISBN : 9781664157965

About the Book

The indigenous Assyrians, Yezidis and the other smaller groups in Iraq were jubilant listening to U.S. President Bush explain the objectives behind the 2003 war on Iraq, promising to end the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein and securing freedom for all Iraqi people, regardless of their ethnicity or religious belief. It did not take long before the Assyrians began witnessing a genocide and yet another betrayal (the first was that promise made by of the British post World War I) when the U.S. deserted the indigenous Assyrians and Yezidis and surrendered to the demands of the Shi'a Arabs and the Kurds. The continuous attacks on the Christians in Iraq and bombing of churches started in 2004 and intensified through 2011. In 2014, ISIS invaded the Assyrian and Yezidi towns in northern Iraq and caused a new tragedy and genocide while the Kurds and Shi’a strengthened their positions in the new Iraq.

About the Author

Frederick Aprim was born in the ancient Assyrian city of Arrapha, modern Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. He is a graduate of Mosul University with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He left Iraq in 1980 and became a U.S. citizen in 1986. Fred’s family, like many Assyrian families, experienced its own share of oppression and persecution. While in Iraq, both his father and teenage brother were imprisoned unfairly and tortured.

In 2003, Fred published a booklet titled "Indigenous People in Distress". In 2004, his book "Assyrians: The Continuous Saga" followed. In 2006 his next book "Assyrians: From Bedr Khan to Saddam Hussein" was published.

Fred has a website where he publishes his work. Please visit  to read more. His articles are also posted on, , , and . Fred has published many articles in magazines such as "Nineveh" and "Renyo Hiro".