The Assyrian Aid Society – Iraq (AAS-Iraq) was officially established in the spring of 1991, formed from a number of the pre-war refugee relief organization. AAS-Iraq cooperated with other international and local organizations as well.
The humanitarian programs of AAS-Iraq quickly expanded to include the distribution of the aid, food, and medicine, plus sending mobile medical clinics to the most remote villages. Village rehabilitation programs included providing agricultural tools and utilities that would provide income and independence, thus helping to maintain an Assyrian population in the Homeland.
As a principal goal AAS-I dedicated itself to instituting the teaching of Assyrian children in the Assyrian language. This plan required action at every level of the teaching process; specifically, providing the needed Assyrian textbooks, the transportation of the students, the salaries of the lecturers, the costs of building and maintaining the dormitories, and more.
The AAS-Iraq Board of Directors consists of 17 members nominated and approved by a designated nominating committee. The Executive Committee, a sub-set of the full Board of Directors, administers the Society on a daily basis and conducts regular meetings to make decisions on various activities of the organization.
The full Board of Directors convenes once each year to set policies, review annual reports, and evaluate new projects.
AAS-Iraq was granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 2011.
In February 2016 Assyrian Aid Society-Iraq was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.