Led by Al-Nusra forces, fighters from Ahrar al Sham, the Islamic Front, and others affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took over the 1,700 person town on Sunday, filled with many believed to be backing President Bashar al Assad in hopes that he could better ensure their safety than Islamist rebels, according to the AP
“The Turks are [working against] us again,” a Kassab resident tweeted. “This is unacceptable considering history. Genocide repeat [in] Kassab. What a bad day this has been. God bless everyone who is defending the beautiful village of Kassab.”
Armenian-Syrians are descendants of those who fled a genocide that came at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, killing 1.5 million of their people, and resettled in Syria. Triggered by the increased violence in the region, Armenian-Syrians have seemingly begun to conflate the actions of Turkey and Al-Qaeda-linked groups like al-Nusra
In a related story previously published at ShaynRoby.com , it was reported that Syrian Armenian community activist Nerses Sarkissian during a phone interview with Armenian Weekly editor Khatchig Mouradian. Al Nusra, the Syrian wing of Al Qaeda, is reported to be receiving training and foreign fighters from Ansar al-Shariah, believed by American officials to be involved in the September attack on the American diplomatic compound and CIA facility in Benghazi, Libya.
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