CDS STANDS WITH FAMILY OF SLAIN JOURNALIST MARIE COLVIN IN SEEKING JUSTICE AGAINST THE ASSAD REGIME

 

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Washington, DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) stands with the family of journalist Marie Colvin in seeking justice against the Assad regime through a wrongful-death suit filed in U.S. Federal Court Saturday. In February 2012, Colvin and fellow journalist Remi Ochlik were deliberately tracked, targeted, and killed by Syrian government forces while reporting on human rights abuses from an opposition media center near Homs. 
 
Colvin's family filed the suit against the Government of Syria in the United States. The suit contains compelling evidence that the Syrian regime assassinated Colvin for reporting attacks on civilians and "tarnishing" the image of the Syrian state. Barring an official Syrian state response to the claim, a default hearing will be held before the D.C. federal judge.  
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SAC Condemns Istanbul Airport Attacks

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.


SAC Mourns Victims of ISIS Terror Attack in Orlando

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:
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SAC Demands that Sec. Kerry and Col. Warren Clarify Aleppo Remarks

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."

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OVER 26 SYRIAN-AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS SUBMIT REQUEST FOR TPS EXTENSION AND REDESIGNATION

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.

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CDS APPLAUDS HNC SHOWING AT GENEVA, EXPRESSES DISGUST AT LACK OF INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENT TO PEACE

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.

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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.

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SAC’s Condolence Letter to Turkey

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January 12, 2016

 

 

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SAC’s Condolence Letter to Turkey

 

 

Washington, DC- The Syrian American Council, the largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization in the United States, reached out to the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. offering condolences for the terror attacks in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul today, killing 10 people and injuring at least 14 others.

Turkey has been one of the strongest allies to the Syrian people hosting over 2 million Syrian refugees and supporting the Syrians in their struggle against the Assad regime and all forms of terrorism.

 

Click here to read the Letter.


BRINGING PEACE TO SYRIA REQUIRES PROTECTING CIVILIANS

The Syrian American Council, the largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization, is astounded at the U.S. State Department's absurd claim of "bringing peace, security to Syria" in 2015. 

Last year saw the death of at least 50,000 Syrians or 150 people per day and the full collapse of President Obama's "containment policy." The Syrian refugee crisis convulsed European countries. Russia's brazen intervention to defend Assad threatened a wider regional war. ISIS terrorists lashed out from Syria to carry out the bloodiest attack in France since World War Two. 
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SYRIAN CHEMICAL AND SIEGE SURVIVORS TO SPEAK ON SYRIA TALKS AT UN

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. 

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