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Kessab Hit by Rocket Fire from Turkey

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kessab smoke 1ALEPPO—At 3:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday Kessab was hit by two GRAD missiles rattling the residents of the mainly Armenian-populated city in Syria, reported the executive editor of Gandzasar newspaper Zarmig Boghigian.

The rocket fire came from the direction of the Turkish border, according to Boghigian. One of the rockets landed a 55 yards from the Kessab mosque, while the other landed on the street behind the Holy Trinity Armenian Evangelical Church in the city.

The rocket fire caused heavy damage with one reported injury reported. No fatalities were reported.

Kessab residents, especially children who were playing in their yard were severely shaken by the attack.

Kingdom of Vaspurakan

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Kingdom of Vaspurakan (Վասպուրական) was one of the Medieval Armenian Kingdoms.  This kingdom's territory was almost equal with the Greater Armenia Vaspurakan province territory. Located in what is now called eastern Turkey (Western Armenia) and northwestern Iran, the region is considered to be the cradle of Armenian civilization.


During most of its history it was ruled by the Ardzruni dynasty, which first managed to create a principality in the area. At its greatest extent Vaspurakan comprised the lands between Lake Van and Lake Urmia (also known as Kaputan) in 908. During this time they were under the sovereignty of the Bagratuni Kingdom of Ani.

HRANT DINK - Հրանտ Դինք

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Hrant DinkHrant Dink - was born on September 15, 1954 and died on January 19, 2007. He born in Malatya (Western Armenia).

At the age of seven, he migrated to Istanbul (Kpols) together with his family. After divorced of his parents Hrant Dink was taken to Armenian Orphanage in Gedikpasa where  he was raised by the  Istanbul with his 2 siblings.

He got his primary and secondary education in Armenian schools. Immediately after secondary school, he got married to Rakel, a childhood friend from the orphanage. Hrant finished the Istanbul University's Science Faculty with a degree in zoology. Hrant served 8 months with the Turkish Naval Infantry Regiment in Denizli to satisfy his mandatory military service. He had three children with his wife.

Boghos Nubar Pasha

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Pogos Nubar PashaThe big reunion of AGBU's administrative members, at Boghos Nubar's home in Paris, 1925

Boghos Nubar Pasha 1906 TIMEABoghos Nubar Pasha (Պողոս Նուբար փաշա Alexandria 1851 --- Paris 1930) Son of Nubar Pasha, three times prime minister of Egypt. Educated Egypt and France. Engineer and public works civil servant in Egypt: worked on Cairo water supply and irrigation in the Sudan. One of the founders of Heliopolis. In 1906 founded with others the Armenian General Benevolent Union, of which he remained president until 1928.