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Kurdish Connecticut Resident Monitoring Military Attack From Afar

Oct 10, 2019

Kurds in Connecticut are concerned for loved ones in northern Syria following a military attack by Turkey.

The invasion began Wednesday – three days after President Donald Trump abruptly announced he’d withdraw U.S. troops from the area.

“Everything that’s happening is just against humanity,” said Azad Hamoto, who was born in Syria and is Kurdish.

Hamoto has family in Syria living through the Turkish invasion.

“I just called my aunt this morning who fled last year from Afrin actually – she’s living in Qamishli right now,” Hamoto said. “She doesn’t know what to do or where to go.”

Hamoto was invited to Hartford to speak to reporters by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) who said that “chances are slim” that Trump would reverse his decision to withdraw the troops.

“At the very least, he could work to come to an understanding with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan as to where this offensive will take place, how long it will last, and to assure that the rules of conduct in conflict are followed,” Murphy said.

Murphy said it’s up to Congress now to ramp up humanitarian aid to the region.

The president has said he decided to withdraw troops in an effort to end the "endless wars" in the Middle East.

The wars hit a bit closer to home for Kurds like Hamoto.

“It’s the story of our life," he said.  "Many hundreds and thousands of people are misplaced, dying.”