Directly after an October 6th phone call with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Ergogan, Trump ordered the US military to withdraw from northern Syria, leaving our Kurdish allies alone to defend themselves from the Turkish invasion. For over 5 years, the largest minority group in Syria, the Kurds, have allied themselves with American troops to fight against the Islamic State, losing an estimated 11,000 lives in the process. The US relied on Kurdish fighters to defeat ISIS and gave them an implicit guarantee they could live peacefully in the semi-autonomous region.
Turkey has long held hostility towards the Kurds, seeing the ethnic minority as a security thread along their border and regarding them as “terrorists.” Armed conflict with Kurdish insurgent groups goes back to the 70s, with uprisings coinciding with increased suppression of Kurdish ways of life, from outlawing their language to the outright banning of the words “Kurds” and “Kurdish” by the Turkish government.
After the October 6th announcement of US troop withdrawal, Turkey wasted no time and invaded Kurdish territory within 24 hours. This military incursion has already lead to shocking videos of roadside executions, stories of rape, and the displacement of over 130,000 people and counting.
The US government must reverse course immediately and help re-stabilize the now destabilized region. They must provide immediate humanitarian aid, end the the massacre of our allies, and demand Trump answer for his impulsive military decision. Call your representatives today!
Sen. Ron Johnson (202) 224-5323
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (202) 224-5653
Rep. Bryan Steil (202) 225-3031
Outside of Wisconsin (202) 224-3121
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from ___________
I'm calling today to demand Congress act immediately to help our allies in Syria. The Kurdish people deserve more from the US government, and I demand Senator Ron Johnson pass resolutions to reverse the troop withdrawal and funding for emergency humanitarian aid. By doing nothing, we will see the return of ISIS in the region while the Kurds are slaughtered by Turkish forces.
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