As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Syrian Detainees at Inimitable Risk

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Syrian Detainees at Inimitable Risk

Syrian American Council calls for release of all detainees in Assad’s prisons to avert extensive spread of disease

WASHINGTON D.C., March 24, 2020 – As governments around the world work to contain and manage the COVID-19 pandemic amid mounting death tolls and depleted testing and protective equipment, more than 100,000 political prisoners in Syria are at risk of contracting and spreading the virus. The Syrian American Council calls on the U.S. government, international community, and United Nations to demand all detainees are released, in accordance with section 12 of U.N. Resolution 2254.

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March 11-12 Events Postponed Due to COVID-19

March 11-12 Events Postponed Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON D.C., March 9, 2020 – In light of the recent developments and public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Syrian American Council its partners have decided to postpone the commemoration events for the ninth anniversary of the Syrian revolution, originally scheduled for March 11-12.

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Syrian American Council Calls on NATO Allies, Opposition to Reject Ceasefire Negotiations and Change Trajectory in Idlib

Syrian American Council Calls on NATO Allies, Opposition to Reject Ceasefire Negotiations and Change Trajectory in Idlib

WASHINGTON D.C., March 4, 2020 – This Thursday, March 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin about de-escalating the situation in Idlib and avoiding a direct war between the two military powers. Since Turkish forces were attacked in Idlib last week prompting Turkey to launch operation “Spring Shield,” Turkey’s precise and effective attacks have taken a heavy toll on the Syrian military and halted their brutal advance.

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Syrian American Council Calls for No-Fly Zone and Open Borders Amidst Escalation with Turkey in Idlib

Syrian American Council Calls for No-Fly Zone and Open Borders Amidst Escalation with Turkey in Idlib 

33 Turkish soldiers killed by Russian-backed Assad regime in Idlib province as violence in northwest Syria intensifies

WASHINGTON D.C., February 28, 2020 – The Syrian American Council offers its sincere condolences to the Republic of Turkey and to the families of at least 33 Turkish soldiers killed yesterday in Idlib province. Following this major escalation by Russia and the Assad regime, the Syrian American Council demands the U.S. government and international community impose a no-fly zone over northern Syria, while also calling on Turkey to allow safe passage to Syrians who wish to escape the ever-increasing violence.

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Press Conference Tomorrow: Advocacy Organizations And Ambassador Robert Ford To Demand Relief For Idlib, Syria

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A coalition of advocacy, human rights, faith-based, and civic organizations and Ambassador Robert Ford to Demand Relief for the Humanitarian Crisis in Idlib, Syria

WASHINGTON D.C., February 19, 2020 – On Thursday, February 20, a coalition of advocacy, human rights, faith-based, and civic organizations will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C. in Cannon House Office Building at 11 a.m. EST. Ambassador Robert Ford, the last American Ambassador to Syria, will give remarks. The coalition will bring attention to the dire humanitarian conditions in Idlib, Syria and demand the United States and the international community come to the aid of those suffering in Idlib. Syrian Americans who recently returned from humanitarian missions to Idlib will also take part in the news conference. 

More than three million Syrian civilians in Idlib province are suffering in catastrophic conditions. Since December 1, more than 900,000 people have been displaced in northwest Syria - with most of them stuck in a small area on the border with Turkey. According to the United Nations, approximately 80% of the displaced are women and children. The harsh winter conditions and inadequate housing has caused the deaths of infants and children who freeze to death in the cold. U.N. Under Secretary, General Mark Lowcock called the crisis the largest exodus of civilians since World War II and the biggest humanitarian horror story in the twenty-first century. Turkey already hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees and says it cannot absorb any more.

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Syrian American Council Spreads Love And Hope To Displaced Syrians On Valentine’s Day Mission

Syrian American Council Spreads Love And Hope To Displaced Syrians On Valentine’s Day Mission

The Syrian American Council is leading a team to the border of Syria and Turkey to show solidarity with the thousands of Syrians who have been displaced by the Russian-led assault on Idlib.

WASHINGTON D.C., February 16, 2020The Syrian American Council, alongside Global Solidarity with Idlib (GSI), the Mulham Team, and Kids Paradise, is leading a mission to the Turkish and Syrian border. The trip included a visit by an international team of activists and journalists to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from northern Syria in Turkey.

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Syrian American Council Calls for US-Turkish Cooperation to Protect Civilians in Syria’s Idlib Province

Syrian American Council Calls for US-Turkish Cooperation to Protect Civilians in Syria’s Idlib Province

Syrian civilians flee toward Turkish border as Russian-backed Syrian forces march toward Idlib, violence between Syrian and Turkish forces increase

WASHINGTON D.C., February 11, 2020 – The escalating tensions between Turkey and the Assad regime in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib have erupted into escalated violence with the deaths of more than a dozen Turkish soldiers in attacks by pro-regime forces. Approximately 700,000 Syrian civilians have fled toward the Turkish border since December, as the Assad regime, backed by Russia, has intensified attacks on civilian areas. The Syrian American Council calls on the United States to uphold its responsibility to its NATO ally and to work with Turkey to protect civilians in Idlib.

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Syrian American Council Calls for Urgent Action to Halt Massive Displacement of Civilians Underway in Syria’s Idlib

Syrian American Council Calls for Urgent Action to Halt Massive Displacement of Civilians Underway in Syria’s Idlib

Tens of thousands flee for border with Turkey as Assad regime forces overrun Maarat al-Numan, Idlib’s second largest city

WASHINGTON D.C., January 29, 2020 – Despite a ceasefire announced by Russia earlier this month, civilians in Idlib province, Syria’s largest haven of internally displaced persons (IDPs), are on the run again as Russian-led Syrian forces press a ferocious campaign to overtake the northwestern province. Swelling an already large IDP population struggling with extreme cold and winter weather in the border area, the recent mass exodus was prompted by a scorched-earth blitzkrieg on large population centers such as Maarat al-Numan, the second-largest city in Idlib. Now a ghost town in ruins, Maarat al-Numan, once a hub for peaceful anti-Assad regime demonstrations and the site of the longest-running protest against the presence of al-Qaeda in Syria, was reportedly captured by regime forces last night.

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Soleimani’s Legacy is the Spread of Violence, Suffering, Fear and Division Across the Middle East

Soleimani’s Legacy is the Spread of Violence, Suffering, Fear and Division Across the Middle East

US leaders must protect civilians in wake of general’s death 

WASHINGTON D.C., January 3, 2020 – The United States Department of Defense confirmed that it conducted an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq that killed General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Soleimani was an architect of terror and suffering on a massive scale for Syrians and the people of the region. As Quds Force commander, Soleimani was instrumental in expanding Iranian military influence and sectarianism throughout the Middle East, and in the process destabilizing communities and imposing violent militia control on civilian populations.

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Syrian American Organizations Call for Immediate Ceasefire in Idlib, Syria

Syrian American Organizations Call for Immediate Ceasefire in Idlib, Syria

Tens of thousands of civilians under constant and escalating bombing campaign by Syrian, Russian, and Iranian forces, with further displacement threatening the worst humanitarian catastrophe of Syrian crisis.

WASHINGTON D.C., December 24, 2019 – More than 400 airstrikes in a 24-hour period over the weekend have left the almost three million civilians in Syria's Idlib province and the surrounding countryside fearing death and displacement. With sights set on Idlib, the last area outside of regime control, Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian regime forces have already begun their latest bombing campaign, made significant advances on heavily populated areas, and stand ready to brutally seize territory, slaughtering all in their path. Syrian American organizations echo the calls from the Syria Civil Defence, the humanitarian aid group better known as the White Helmets, to end the carnage in Idlib, protect its civilians, and provide safe channels for those wishing to leave.

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