Armenians and other vulnerable civilian populations have been caught between warring sides in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East. These conflicts have created humanitarian crises for Armenian communities across the region. Within Syria, much of the historic Armenian community has been destroyed, with residential neighborhoods being bombed, churches desecrated, and individuals killed or kidnapped. Those who remain are working to save their community and serve the basic humanitarian needs of the most needy among them.
ANCA Ask: The ANCA requests that USAID address serious gaps in the delivery of need-based humanitarian aid within Syria which have left Armenians and other at-risk minority populations largely outside the stream of international assistance. The ANCA calls for increased US and international assistance to help Armenia settle the more than 17,000 refugees from Syria who have found safe haven in Armenia.
Turkey’s Destabilizing Role in the Syria Crisis:
Turkey continues to undermine both U.S. interests and regional stability through its complicity with ISIS and its escalating anti-Kurdish aggression:
— Turkey’s bombing campaigns against the Kurds in Northern Syria and Iraq undermines the national security of the Untied States and threatens to reverse what US blood and treasure have fought for in the last 13 years. They are effectively eliminating ISIS’ only strong opposition on the ground.
— The Kurds in Iraq and Syria have proven themselves reliable US partners in the region. They have shouldered the fight against the ISIS more than any other power in the region. They have fought back ISIS successfully on the ground in both Iraq and Syria reversing ISIS gains in the last year. Turkey’s recent targeting of the Kurds in Syria and Iraq proves that Turkey is working openly against not only US interests, but all those who oppose the growth of a brutal terrorist fundamentalist state in the region. Turkey’s actions are in support of ISIS by attempting to destroy the Kurds and leave no other power on the ground to stand in way of ISIS’ aim to create a terrorist fundamentalist super power state throughout the region.
— Turkey’s shortsighted war against the Kurds will eliminate the only real and effective counter balance to ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria. The US should not allow Turkey to destabilize not only the region but the world by removing the only effective indigenous ground force that can effectively defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
— Turkey is once again using larger world events to cloak its policy of ethnic cleansing. It used WWI to commit the Genocide of the Armenians, now it is using civil war in Iraq and Syria to destroy it owns Kurdish community, and eliminate a true expression of democracy in Turkey, via the most recent national elections in Turkey.