I would stop looking to be safe. If Jesus sought safety, there would be no Christians.
Open letter of Christians of Northern Syria to Christians in the US
Do NOT allow Turkey to destroy us!
Dear brothers and sisters in the US,
The US has been the one force that saved our people from ISIS. We are proud that we can
say that we as Syriac-Assyrian Christians have fought side by side with the US. Our Syriac
Military Council has been part of every battle against ISIS in North-East Syria. The reality is
that we could not have won and protect our people without the US forces. Now Turkey
wants to destroy all of us.
100.000 Syriac and other Christians will be killed or driven away if Turkey invades. Turkish
jihadists hunted down the Christians and Yazidi’s of Afrin in Northwest Syria. They will do
the same again but at a much wider scale. The very same Turkish jihadists are standing
ready and are waiting for the US to leave so that they can kill us and destroy our
communities and Churches. This disaster against our people will happen while the US
Army will be standing by in Iraq at a few hours driving distance. Basically, the US Army will
be looking on at a very short distance while Turkish-backed jihadists commit exactly the
same crimes as ISIS.
Our Syriac Military Council is a founding member of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The Syrian
Democratic Forces and the people of North and East Syria have been loyal friends, through
the hardest of times. Despite their limited means, the men and women of the SDF, from all
religious and ethnic backgrounds, have joined together to defend the world and the values
of freedom at great cost to our own communities. Now, the Self Administration of North and
East Syria continues to build in one-third of Syria a strong democratic system based on the
values of freedom, equality, democracy and tolerance. These are the values we share with
the US. We want to continue to defend these values together with the US. What happened
in North-East Syria is a similar experience as the founding of the US. We came together
around the same core fundamental freedoms and we defended them against all the odds.
If Turkey is allowed to destroy us, America will be standing by as the only glimmer of hope in
the Middle East is crushed. All the gains of US effort will be lost and two thousand years of
history of Christianity in North-East Syria will be erased forever. Continuing support to us
means that the US will have a steadfast ally with the same values. Despite President
Trump’s claims, ISIS is far from dead. The terrorist organization has been hurt, it is true,
thanks to the ongoing efforts by America, the SDF, and other allied western forces, but by no
means have they been vanquished for good. If the US pulls out now and Turkey invades,
ISIS will return.
We accept that the US cannot stay there as only force forever. All we ask for is to
postpone the departure of US Forces until the security of the Syriac-Assyrian Christians
and all other peoples has been secured. We thank President Trump and the US for all help
given. By securing our security, this help will have a real long-term result. We ask you
urgently as our brothers and sisters not to abandon us. We urge you to stand with us and
ask President Trump to allow us just the time to find other reliable partners to secure our
long-term security and avoid a Turkish jihadist invasion.
Finally we ask you to pray for us in these testing times. Together with you in spirit we will
celebrate Christmas. The Christmas lights are already on in Qamishli in Northern Syria. We
ask you to help us to save Christmas in North-East Syria.
On behalf of your brothers and sisters in North-East Syria,