Syrian Refugees Grateful for U.S. Air Strikes

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WILKES-BARRE -- Our area has become home to some Syrian families escaping the civil war.

For one family now living in Wilkes-Barre, Thursday night's air strikes were a long time coming.

We first met the Allouz family in 2015 right after they moved to Wilkes-Barre. They come from central Syria and the chemical attack on civilians earlier this week hit especially close to home. They lost some friends in that attack.

President Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airfield is something the Allouz family has been waiting a long time for.

We caught up with the Allouz family after a crowded afternoon prayer service at the Islamic Association of NEPA in Wilkes-Barre. The place has welcomed the Syrian refugees since they moved here in 2015.

This week they've been haunted by the images of a chemical attack in the central region of Syria where they once lived.

"It's very bad to see those pictures or those videos, you know? And when I saw the videos, I've been crying a lot, you know? Because all of them, it's like my family," said Anas Allouz.

Anas Allouz is studying English and business at Luzerne County Community College. The president of the mosque helped him understand our questions in his native Arabic. They explained that Tuesday's attack killed many of their old friends.

"He knew a family, 19 of them died, only the father and a nephew that survived, and he knew all of them. So, he's like watching the news, something happening to people that he lived with," said Ibrahim al Meky, Islamic Association of NEPA.

Syria's President Bashar al Assad is believed to be behind the attack. The Allouz family has been disappointed with U.S intervention in the civil war until this week.

"Only right now, I am really respect President Donald Trump," Allouz said.

But, this week's air strikes against President Assad aren't enough, they say.

"Yes, yes, not just America, the whole countries everywhere, they should help Syria because every single day we see a lot of people killed, a lot of people. And they don't say anything, no president did anything for them," Allouz added.

The Allouz family says they are grateful every day that they no longer live in Syria they are feeling especially grateful this week.


  • Stinky

    These people aren’t welcome here. They don’t vaule freedom or human life. They believe gays should be killed. Even worse they are dead beats. they don’t have jobs and just walk around the mall all day

  • Just A Guy

    I’m not Syrian, and I don’t know any Syrians. But we share the same religion, and I never thought I would support anything Trump does, but I do. My only issue is that airstrikes are risky, and could potentially kill civilians. However, ground troops would mean more lives lost, so I see that this is the U.S’s best move yet.

      • Just a Guy

        No, actually. Sharia Law doesn’t say to kill gay people. And I have gay classmates and friends. They’re not a bother to me so why should I bother them? Sure, it’s not my cup of tea to desire the same gender, but we’re all human and we should peacefully exist.

  • Donna

    Why would Assad gas his own people? Assad and Russia are fighting Isis. Trump was lead astray by the neo-cons. This is all about a pipeline that Quatar wants to run through Syria and Assad won’t let them. Quatar wants to run a gas pipeline through Syria to sell gas to Europe. Russia sells gas to europe at the present time and is an allay to Syria. This was a set up and I pray that this does not lead to WW3.

  • Salt miner

    Watch Paul Joseph Watson’s new video on this subject. This is a hot mess when the MSM is getting on his side (except for Don Lemon it seems). I don’t think we are getting the whole truth, but it is a good sign when people on the left start saying, “I don’t think it’s enough”. So far, it’s been reported that we have satellite images proving Assad’s aircraft committing the act that was cause for the strike, but it took out ONE base (unlike HRC’s plan to cripple them entirely). That base was responsible for protection of certain targets of radicals. I don’t think 45 has the best advisers at this point considering the same type of ground attack by rebels had far more casualties than this newest air assault. They are playing his heart strings to test his nerve it seems. He acted accordingly with the world on his shoulders, but this smells of shmoo.

      • Salt miner

        Just gauging the chatter that everybody else is hung up on. She is an evil coward that needs to be in jail IMO. There is talk about the Qatar pipeline being the motive to destabilize the area, which I hope is not the case. Further actions by the US in the area would mean that our President is complicit with the Soros clan. A one world government would lead to full on slavery for the commoners instead of the “soft slavery” that we are now experiencing in our post Patriot Act, politically correct world. In case you didn’t get my meaning…

  • Writer Girl

    Well, the U.S. isn’t happy for the airstrike. That’s why foreign countries are so pathetic. None of them seem capable of doing anything for themselves. All they do is depend on the U.S. to help them. Fight your own battles.

    • fight_the_good_fight

      Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

      • magicmikexxsm

        Luke 12:48 “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

        JUST SAY NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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