Washington, DC - The Syrian American Council mourns the victims of ISIS' horrifying terror attack last night in Orlando, Florida killing at least 50 people in the worst mass shooting in American history.ISIS' radical ideology holds no bounds. Syrians are among the foremost victims of ISIS in the world -- according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights over 5800 Syrians were killed by ISIS since 2014, more than any other group.SAC President Mirna Barq who is from Orlando made the following statement:
"I would like to offer my condolences on behalf of the Syrian American Community to the victims, to my fellow Orlandans, to all Americans, and to the LBGTQ community. As an American from Syrian ancestry, I know too well the horrors of this barbaric terrorist group and the need to take the fight to them to eradicate them. ISIS not only threatens my own Christian minority in Syria but has actually killed more Sunni Muslims than any other groups -- according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom report on Syria, 97% of ISIS' victims in Syria since 2014 were Muslims. ISIS continues its killing spree of Syrians everyday and it is clear that they will not stop until they are uprooted and completely destroyed. In January 2014, six months before the current coalition air campaign began, the moderate Syrian opposition dealt ISIS their biggest blow to this day and expelled them from more territory than they have ever been expelled from since. In the wake of this tragedy, we call on the United States to take stronger measures and redouble its efforts to have a more robust anti-ISIS strategy. The Syrian people continue to hold steadfast everyday against the barbarism of ISIS and the brutality of the Assad regime."