American Syrians Syria Revolution News from an American Perspective in English BlogEngine.NET en-US AmericanSyrians American Syrians 0.000000 0.000000 Syrians elect US educated Damascene Kurd to lead transitional government <p>The Syrian National Coalition has elected a Damascus born Kurd, who spent most of his adult life in Texas, North Carolina, and other parts of the United States as the leader of the transitional government in waiting. Ghassan Hitto is an IT professional and has lived in Texas, North Carolina and other states. He currently resides in Turkey, leading the Syrian government in waiting. This is a major step because for two years the Syrian opposition could not agree on who would lead the transitiona and how. The Free Syrian Army inside Syria is also on board pledging allegiance to Hitto and his transitional government. The fact that he is Kurdish even lends more credence and unity to the notion that all Syrians are opposed to Assad's murderous regime. Now is a good time for the Obama adminstration to recognize Mr. Hitto's government as the only true representatives of the Syrian people. Obama and Clinton have stated that they are waiting for a united opposition. It doesn't get more united than this.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:27:00 -0700 Mohammed 59 Top Alawite Brigadier General Defects <p>A top Alawaite, Major General Mohammed Khalouf and his son, have both defected and abandoned Syria's brutal dictator, Bashar Assad. In a television interview after his defection he stated that morale amongst troops is very low and that they are trying to recruit new infantry because they have run out. With the opposition's Free Syrian Army now numbering over 100,000 and fighting erupting in the streets of downtown Damascus, the Maj. General says that the end is near.</p> <p></p> <p>The defection of a top Alawaite Major Genral and his top ranked son is "huge" when you talk to Syrians and Syria analysts. The Alawite community does not stand with Assad and this is another example of Alawites breaking with Assad. Assad has hoped that the Alawites would stick with him, but time and time again they have broken ranks. Assad has tried sending recruiters and his thugs to the Alawite mountains to recruit young men as soldiers. The Alawites refused and in-fighting broke out between Assad's thugs and their Alawite brethren. The relationship has been slowly degenerating since that time. Assad has had to resort to scud missiles and rockets to bombard towns, because he doesn't have soldiers left.</p> <p>The defection of such a high ranking Alawite was never thought to be possible, but the brutality and injustice has lead even the loyalist of Assad supporters to break rank and abandon this lost cause.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:09:00 -0700 Damascus Obama Mohammed 199 Most brutal torture and murder video <p>If you are faint at heart, don't click through to watch this video. In this video, Syrian government troops round up a group of about 5 men. The men are huddled into a corner with their shirts pulled over their heads and their hands handcuffed behind them. They taunt and yell at the men for a while. They pose and take "funny" pictures and wave at the videographer. But what happnes next is horrific beyond description.</p> <p></p> <p>They choose two men to stay behind, while they escort the rest out. It isn't apparent where those other men were going. The two that remain end up experiencing one of the sickest and most brutal torture episodes ever caught on video.</p> <p>They Syrian soldiers start by using knives to slowly start tearing the mens shirts off. They pick away very superficially just tearing their shirts. Then they start picking away making incisions into the skin of their backs. They laugh and joke, and show one another various techniques. They beging taking pride in how skillfull they are at torturing these two poor guys. They then begin making hard and deep jabs at them. Into their sides, near their kidneys, into their lungs. When the two men don't fall and don't collapse, they stab them in the legs and in the knees until they fall onto their knees.</p> <p>Then they begin jabbing their knives deep into their backs. Then they start jabbing into their necks from the back, right at the spinal cord. Then a few side swipes at the neck into the carotids and jugulars. Then a few more stabs in the back in the spine. Then men are visibly handicapped and can no longer react and are probably paralyzed and or have bled out internally at this point.</p> <p>They kick the men to the ground even further and then take large concrete cinder blocks and throw them at the mens' heads. You see the concrete shatter as it hits their heads. They throw a few more slabs of concrete on the men and then celebrate and leave.</p> <p>This happens every day in Syria. This is not a one time episode. This happens daily. All around the country. People are tortured and killed brutally.</p> <p>If you thought that was disturbing, try imagining that video with the two victims as women. Being poked, prodded, and dismembered with knives. That happens every day. It is not unusual or rare.</p> <p>That is Syria. That is why the Syrian people want out. They have endured over 40 years of this and now the world gets to see it on YouTube.</p> <p>Call President Obama and your senators and tell them to do something!</p> <p> <iframe width="640" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:02:00 -0700 Massacre Obama Torture Video Mohammed 879 60,000 have been murdered <p>As the two year anniversary of the Syrian revolution approaches, well over 60,000 Syrians have been killed at the hands of their very own government. A government that is supposed to be protecting them. Meanwhile, the entirety of the world watches, debates, discusses, and doesn't decide on anything.</p> <p>Women, young and old, are being systematically raped. Children are being tortured, brutalized, and killed. Men of all ages are being detained, tortured, raped, poked, proded, and dismembered. No one is safe from this brutal regime.</p> <p>As the second year anniversary approaches, we pray that this nightmare ends soon. We pray that world leaders will stop hitching their wagons to the Assad train. We pray that wisdom, justice, and humanity will prevail.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's time to start rebuilding Syria.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:45:00 -0700 Obama Rape Syria Torture Women Mohammed 63 Syrian Americans should vote for Obama <p>Despite a difficult and continual disappointment in President Obama's lack of real action on Syria, Syrian Americans should still vote to support Obama. While most Syrians view Obama as ineffective, obstructionist, and useless, there actually is a method to his madness. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney hasn't offered convincing evidence that he would be any different.</p> <p>Further, a vote for Romney, is a vote for the tea party. No one has demonized and attempted to marginalize Muslims more than the extreme right. It's time to put an end to that. America will not stand for bigotry and racism.</p> <p>We encourage all 1,000,000 Syrian Americans to go out an vote to re-elect President Obama. Put your disappointment aside and elect an excellent representative of America abroad and at home. We can't go backwards and we can't encourage Muslim hating, black hating, gay hating, women hating, Latino hating, and poor hating behavior. Don't reward bad behavior!</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:16:00 -0700 Obama Mohammed 121 Syrian American organizations ask Romney Obama to support No Fly Zones and additional arms <p><strong>Coalition for a Democratic Syria Asks Obama, Romney to Support No-Fly Zones, Additional Arms for Free Syrian Army</strong></p> <p><strong>Tougher engagement described as crucial to US national security interests</strong></p> <p>TAMPA 8/29/2012 -&nbsp;The Coalition for a Democratic Syria released letters today to President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney asking for their support for tough new measures to bring an end to the crisis in Syria. More decisive action now will help protect American interests in the region and allow the United States to play a larger role in the shaping of a post-Assad Syria, the letters argue.</p> <p></p> <p>The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a partnership of Syrian Americans seeking to end the bloodshed and foster a transition to a free and democratic Syria. To date, the conflict there has left more than 23,000 dead and created more than 250,000 refugees.</p> <p>Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, a spokesman for the Coalition and a member of the Syrian National Council and the Executive Director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, announced the release of the letters during a briefing in Tampa about his recent fact-finding trip to the region. Dr. Ziadeh visited refugee camps along the Turkish border and met with elements of the Free Syrian Army while in Syria.</p> <p>America&rsquo;s adversaries in the region &ndash; Iran and Hezbollah &ndash; are working to prop up the Assad regime, which is a key supporter of terrorism. The state is a transit point of arms to Lebanon and a major impediment to Middle East peace. Acting now to hasten the demise of the regime is a vital US national security interest, Ziadeh said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe that by working with regional partners to strengthen support for vetted members of the Syrian opposition, America can &hellip; save lives, reduce the risk of regional instability and increase our nation&rsquo;s ability to shape the outcome in a critical region where we have major interests and crucial allies,&rdquo; the letter from Coalition Chairman Dr. Mahmoud Khattab states.</p> <p>The Coalition asks Obama and Romney to endorse significantly increasing the supply of defensive arms, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, as well as strengthened intelligence, training and funding support to carefully vetted elements of the Free Syrian Army, and to support tougher measures to protect civilians and enforce the democratic transition through the creation of no-fly zones. It also calls on the United States to commit to funding local governance councils in liberated areas so that they can provide basic services to the people and foster the development of democratic institutions.</p> <p>You can find the full text of the letters here:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 05:52:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 43 Syria Event at GOP Convention <p>The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (formerly American Syrian Coalition) has an event in 30 min at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The Coalition includes the Syrian American Council, Syrian Expatriates Organization, United for a Free Syria and the Syrian Emergency Task Force. As soon as we find out who is live-tweeting, we'll forward the information.&nbsp;Find out more!</p> <p><br />The State of Play in Syria<br /><br />A GOP Convention Briefing</p> <p>Date: Tuesday, Aug. 28</p> <div>Time: 1:00-2:00 P.M.<br />Location: TinaTapas, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602<br />RSVP:<br /><br />The American Syrian Coalition is pleased to announce that we will be joined at this event by special guest and Syrian National Council member Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, who is recently returned from Idlib, Syria.<br /><br />Speakers:<br /><br />Mohammed Alaa Ghanem<br />Syrian American Council<br /><br />Mouaz Moustafa<br />United for a Free Syria, Syrian Emergency Task Force<br /><br />Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff<br />Syrian Emergency Task Force<br /><br />Christy Delafield<br />Syrian Expatriates Organization</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:26:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 31 Chicago Red Cross Helping Syria <p>The Chicago chapterof the American Red Cross is responding to the crisis in Syria and has contributed $200,000 to help in Syria. Find out what the Red Cross is doing.</p> <p></p> <p>SITUATION OVERVIEW&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; More than a year of unrest in Syria has affected an estimated1.5 million people and thousands have been displaced, wounded or killed.&nbsp;<br />&bull; The overall humanitarian situation is deteriorating as violence has spread across the country; as a result the ICRC has publicly announced that hostilities in Syria amount to an internal conflict.&nbsp;<br />&bull; People caught in neighborhoods affected by violence often have only limited access to food, water, health care and other basic needs.&nbsp;<br />&bull; Resources are being stretched to capacity and vulnerabilities are growing as host communities and neighboring countries host thousands of displaced people and refugees.&nbsp;<br /><br />AMERICAN RED CROSS RESPONSE&nbsp;<br /><br />&bull; The American Red Cross has committed $200,000 to the International Federation Syria Crisis appeal, earmarked for food parcels, and continues to monitor the situation. The American Red Cross previously committed $235,000 to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent through the International Federation&rsquo;s Middle East and North Africa Civil Unrest appeal.&nbsp;<br /><br />GLOBAL RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT NETWORK RESPONSE&nbsp;<br /><br />Syrian Arab Red Crescent: Despite dangerous conditions for volunteers and staff, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent remains the lead organization in coordinating response efforts and delivering services. It has distributed thousands of food parcels and relief kits, trained around 10,000 volunteers and is also the main ambulance provider in many parts of Syria.&nbsp;<br /><br />International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: The International Federation has issued an appeal for USD $27.8 million to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in directly assisting 200,000 people and building the capacity of the society to support the estimated 1.5 million people affected throughout the country.&nbsp;<br /><br />International Committee of the Red Cross: The ICRC is assisting the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in coordination of operational field response activities in relief distribution, first aid, connecting family members and security management.&nbsp;<br /><br />Carrie Wall&nbsp;<br />Manager, Disaster and International Services&nbsp;<br />American Red Cross&nbsp;<br />Greater Chicago Region&nbsp;<br />The Rauner Center&nbsp;<br />2200 W. Harrison St.&nbsp;<br />Chicago, IL 60612&nbsp;<br /><a href="tel:%28312%29%20729-6168" target="_blank">(312) 729-6168</a>&nbsp;(p)&nbsp;<br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;<br />*Please note new email address*&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:49:00 -0700 Chicago Syria Mohammed 51 FSA: We are killing Sunnis, not Alawites <p>The Free Syrian Army continues to stress that they are at war with the regime, and not a specific sect. In all of their press releases, videos, and statements, they stress that they have killed Sunni informants, Sunni spies, Sunni regime leaders, and Sunni members of Assad's forces. They stress that you haven't heard of a single Alawite town being massacred. Not a single one. Read their full statement.</p> <p></p> <p>A translation of statements released by the Free Syrian Army. These statements were compiled from videos, press releases, Facebook posts, and Twitter posts:</p> <p>"We the Free Syrian Army are not fighting a sectarian war. We are fighting Assad's criminal forces. Regardless of religion. If you take a look at our movements and our actions, we have killed far more Sunnis than anyone from any other religion or sect. Just last week, we killed over 30 Sunnis loyal to Assad in an assasination campaign. They were all spies and informants or people who have tortured the civilians that we are protecting."</p> <p>"Have you heard of any massacres of an Alawi (Alawite) village? No. The Free Syrian Army has over 70,000 men and we control all of the land west of the cities from Turkey to Jordan. If we wanted to massacre an Alawite town, we could do it very easily. But we aren't doing that. That is not what God's people do. Those Alawites in those towns are oppressed and are supporting us. We are protecting them too! We are not sectarian, we are fighting those that fight us."</p> <p>"If anyone claims that the Free Syrian Army is sectarian, show us the proof? Where are the Alawite massacres? Where are they? The Christians and Alawites in our areas support us and are helping us. And we are protecting them from Assad."</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:58:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 50 Annan should step down and stop his mission <p>Since Kofi Annan began his mission in April of 2012, Syrians have experienced more death, more massacres, more torture, more shelling, more destruction, more devastation, more humiliation. Assad has used the cover of this mission to step up his battle against civilians. It's time for Annan to step aside and leave Syria. He is only making things worse.</p> <p></p> <p> calls on the world and the United Nations to suspend Annan's mission and put an end to the violence. This mission has been counterproductive and has caused more death and destruction.</p> <p>Syrians in Syria have named this Friday the Friday of "The Fall of Annan". Similar to how they are calling on the fall of the regime.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 06:19:00 -0700 Obama Syria Mohammed 14 Daily Defections: Assad losing grip <p>Every day now, you have news of large scale defections in the Syrian military. The Free Syrian Army is growing rapidly, progressing with their techniques, and is evolving quickly on the ground. Top level defections are customary now, and the Free Syrian Army is more organized than ever. They are going to win this on their own, and it won't be long. Large corridors of Syrian territory are no longer controlled by Assad. He has to fly in his military to border checkpoints, because the land routes are all cut off and secured by the FSA.</p> <p></p> <p>The United States and western world are non-factors. The Free Syrian Army has created their own safe-zones, have seized their own weapons, and are collecting an armament of weapons from defectors and military bases that they capture. They aren't waiting for anyone to arm them.</p> <p>The United States risks losing influence and credibility in the region by not supporting the FSA sooner.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 19:14:00 -0700 Syria Mohammed 13 FSA created their own safe zones <p>The Free Syrian Army is creating their own "safe zones" and Assad's regime forces have lost control over all of Syria except for the central parts of a few of the larger cities. Take a look at this map and explore the safe zones that the FSA have created.</p> <p></p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:32:00 -0700 Photos Mohammed 138 American Syrians joins other groups in condemning terrorist speaker Grand Mufti Hassoun <p>American Syrians condemns in the strongest terms the organization and founder of the organization that is promoting and bringing Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun to the United States to speak. An organization called Syrian American Forum, founded by New Jersey orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nasser Ani, M.D., has invited Grand Mufti Hassoun to speak in Washington DC. We vehemently oppose this decision and this choice of speaker. Dr. Ani and Hassoun are promoting anti-American sentiments, terrorism, and hatred. Hassoun has called for suicide bombers to attack the United States and Europe. This is unacceptable and an egregious act of contempt against the United States.</p> <p></p> <p>Based on the invitation that was sent out, which can be found <a href="">here</a>, Dr. Nasser Ani has invited the Grand Mufti to speak in the United States. Here is a sampling of the Grand Mufti Hassoun's speeches posted on Youtube. He calls for suicide bombers to kill Americans, Brittains, and French people:</p> <iframe width="640" height="480" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></P> <p> American Syrians will work toward rallying support and protests against this event and will condemn any future activities by this group. The Syrian American Forum should be added to the terrorist organizations list and leaders should be tried on terrorism charges and treason.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:23:00 -0700 Obama Video Mohammed 13 Looking for cute kids for new video <p>We are in the process of creating a new video montage to play for Obama and the White House staff to show more and more support for Syria. we are looking for children between the ages of 2-12 to read a specific script while being video taped in high definition. We will then take the videos of all of these children and splice it together so that all of the children are included and they all get to say their names and send a short video message to president Obama.</p> <p></p> <p>Set your HD video device (smartphone, camera, etc) to record and somehow get your child to read the script in it's entirity, even if they repeat after you. We will edit out the adult voices and sounds. Then upload the video to YouTube in full HD. Then email us, Tweet us, or post on our Facebook page. We will download the full HD video and put our editors to work. We will not use non-HD footage.</p> <p>Script:</p> <p><strong>Dear President Obama,</strong><br /><strong>My name is_____________. My brothers and sisters are being killed in Syria. You can stop this from happening. Little children are being killed and you can save their lives. It's time to lead. You are the world leader. People listen to you. I know it's a hard decision, but for the sake of humanity, for the sanctity of children's lives, please don't&nbsp;wait around for others to act. The entire world wants you to lead us and stop this mess. If you care about humanity and dignity, please act to prevent children, like me, from being killed. I hope that you will hear my message and do something about this soon.</strong></p> <div><br /><br /><strong>Sincerely,</strong><br /><strong>___________</strong><br /><strong>From Charlotte North Carolina</strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:05:00 -0700 Obama Video Mohammed 1402