Assyria was originally (in the Middle Bronze Age) a region on the Upper Tigris river, named for its original capital, the ancient city of Assur .
Assyria is located in north Mesopotamia and spans four countries: In Syria it extends west to the Euphrates river; in Turkey it extends north to Harran, Edessa, Diyarbakir, and Lake Van; in Iran it extends east to Lake Urmi, and in Iraq it extends to about 100 miles south of Kirkuk. This is the Assyrian heartland, from which so much of the ancient Near East came to be controlled.
Assyrians are a Semitic peoples indigenous to Mesopotamia. They are Mediterranean Caucasoids, and are ethnically distinct from Arabs and Jews.
Assyrians have practiced two religions throughout their history: Ashurism and Christianity. Ashurism was, of course, the first religion of the Assyrians. The very word Assyrian, in its Latin form, derives from the name of Ashur, the Assyrian god. Assyrians continued to practice Ashurism until 256 A.D, although by that time, most Assyrians had accepted Christianity. Indeed, Assyrians were the first nation to accept Christianity, and the Assyrian Church was founded in 33 A.D. by Thomas, Bortholemew and Thaddeus.
You can read how stubborn and dangerously wicked the Assyrian forces where in those days in 2 kings 18:13-37 especially of how the taunted Israel and their God
Photos by ILumina
Many ancient Armies had archers that shoot arrows much farther than spears and javelins could go
A good student of the Bible would know that in king David's time slings were used by shepherd boys and soldiers to hurl stones at enemies. it is even said that many armies had troops that specialized as professional slingers
As you can see the Assyrians really tortured and persecuted their conquered captives and prisoners
Because the people were wicked and had forsaken God to serve Idols. the Lord sent them into exile here this picture show the deportation of the Judeans from different cities and sending them to far away land