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March 27, 2014 3:46 pm
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Armenians Accuse Turkey of Aiding Al-Qaeda Rebels in Attack on Syrian Christian Village

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The flag of Al-Qaeda. Armenian leaders have accused Turkey of aiding al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups during their attack on a largely Armenian Christian village in northern Syria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Armenian leaders have accused Turkey of aiding al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups during their attack on a largely Armenian Christian village in northern Syria.

“Turkey’s facilitation of al-Qaeda affiliated foreign fighters and their attacks on innocent civilians in Syria undermines ongoing US and international efforts to bring peace to a country ravaged by violence for far too long,” Ken Hachikian, chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama.

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Last weekend, rebel forces from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took control of the small Armenian Christian village in northern Syria during fighting with the Syrian army, forcing most of the residents to flee.

According to the Armenian daily newspaper Panorama, Armenian President Sezh Sargsyan drew parallels between the current situation for Kessab’s Armenian Christians and the Armenian genocide in the early 20th century under the Ottoman Turks.

“The third deportation of Kessab Armenians today is a serious challenge to ethnic minority rights protection mechanisms of the 21st century,” Sargsyan said at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague. “I think everyone should realize that these parallels should sober all the sides.”

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  • Todd

    Ken Hachikian, chairman of the Armenian National is a liar and a moron. Turkey can not undermine anything when they help Al-Qaeda just like the US has been doing from day one. The US has never ever worked for peace in any country, even here in the US.

    This person needs to quit with the propaganda.

  • Carmen Sporidis

    sorry for correcting you. The Turks kills almost 3 million Christians (Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians ao). Not to mention the other killings before. The Turks are Muslims and Mohamed is their glorious example of human. Killing the infidels is obligation for them.

  • Armenian Guy

    Reading about what was happening there made me feel sick to my core today… My grandparents saw their families murdered by the Turks and lost what was once their homeland.

  • Beatrix

    Almost 100 years since the Ottoman Turks killed 1.5 million Armenian civilians and not a peep out of Turkey either apologizing or offering retribution. Yet when the Israeli sailors fought back after being attacked by a Turkish hate group, the Turkish government never let up until they got an apology and millions in payments out of Israel.

    Injustice is horrible especially when the perpetrators won’t even admit an injustice occurred.

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