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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 12, 2016

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

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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COALITION FOR A DEMOCRATIC SYRIA ISSUES PRESIDENTIAL SCORECARD EVALUATING CANDIDATES' POLICY ON SYRIA

Washington DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS), a coalition of Syrian-American organizations, has issued a scorecard evaluating the stated Syria policy of the 2016 presidential candidates. The scorecard measures each candidate's position according to the needs of the Syrian people, the views of the Syrian-American community, and the analysis of experts tasked with resolving the conflict.
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SAC URGES STRONG RESPONSE TO RUSSIAN ATTACKS ON SYRIAN AND TURKISH CIVILIANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Syrian American Council (SAC), the largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization in the United States, calls upon the United States to take quick action, including kicking Russia out of the international SWIFT code system, in response to the Russian government's bombing of civilians in Syria, its attacks on civilian Turkish aid convoys, its repeated violations of Turkish airspace, and its targeting of the Turkmen minority in Syria.

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