The Assyrian Empire ruled in the Middle East from about 2000 BC to 612BC. It was centred on Mesopotamia (roughly modern day Iraq) and at times included all or parts of modern day Kuwait, Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Syria, The Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. If someone says they are 100 percent Assyrian then they are saying (in a slightly fanciful way) that their roots are in the Middle East. It could be that are Iraqi and are tired of the remarks that follow when they say so, or it could be that they are a little bit Lebanese, a little bit Jordanian, a bit of this and a bit of that, and don’t want to get into the full story.

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