Suzanne Meriden, 714-595-8974
Washington, DC -The Syrian American Council, the oldest and largest grassroots Syrian-American organization, condemns the heart-breaking attacks at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey which claimed at least 42 innocent lives and injured over 200 people on Tuesday. Though no one has claimed responsibility, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has stated that ISIS is responsible.
Turkey has been hit by a wave of terror attacks by ISIS and a PKK offshoot since the start of 2016, including a suicide bombing at the historic Blue Mosque in Istanbul, a bus bombing in the central square of the capital Ankara, and a rocket attack on a minibus in Diyarbakir, southern Turkey. The upsurge in violence is in many ways a spillover from the vicious attacks being carried out by the Assad regime, Iran-backed militias, and Russia on civilians across the border.
"Unless the Assad regime is uprooted, terror and assassinations in the Middle-East -- tools that Assad and his allies Russia, Iran and Hizbollah have consistently resorted to -- will not stop," said Dr. Zaki Lababidi, SAC's Government Relations Chair.
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:
The Syrian American Council, America's largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization, requests an urgent clarification from Secretary of State John Kerry and Department of Defense spokesman Col. Steve Warren following their grossly incorrect remarks last week on Syrian rebels in Aleppo. On April 20, Col. Warren wrongly asserted that it's "primarily al-Nusra," the Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate, that holds Aleppo. Secretary Kerry echoed these remarks two days later by falsely tying a Russian military buildup to "impatience with the terrorists...laying siege to places on their side and killing people."Read more
Washington, DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) filed a request this week with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging that body to renew and re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In accordance with 8 U.S.C. § 1254a, the Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely. The ongoing conflict in Syria, with Assad and his allies' constant civilian killing and the increasing prevalence of extremist groups like ISIS, requires that TPS be extended and re-designated.Read more
Washington, DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) expresses its solidarity with the High Negotiating Committee (HNC) of the Opposition, and its commitment to participating in Geneva talks despite impossible conditions. The talks, which have now been suspended, reflect an international community, led by the US, that is more interested in the existence of a process than the pursuit of peace. While Western diplomats and officials can return to their home countries and discuss the efforts made in Geneva, Syrians continue to die by the hundreds each day, and conditions in besieged areas deteriorate.Read more
SAC, in partnership with CDS and the Syrian American community, issues a letter to Secretary Kerry Demanding Support of the HNC in Light of Upcoming Geneva Talks
Washington, DC – The Syrian American Council, the largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization in the United States, in partnership with the Coalition for a democratic Syria, issued a letter to Secretary John Kerry yesterday on behalf of the Syrian community.Read more
A coalition of Syrian American organizations and interfaith institutions including the Syrian American Council, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Syrian American Medical Society, Syria Relief and Development, and others will hold a press conference this Friday, December 18th at 10:30AM outside of the The Palace Hotel 455 Madison Ave New York, NY 10022 in New York City.Read more