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Chairman, Mounzer Ahmad, Illinois

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Mounzer Ahmad immigrated to the United States in 1988 and completed his degree in law from Damascus University in 1992.  Upon settling in Chicago, Mr. Ahmad began working in various management positions, including parking and property management.  In 2001 he became a real estate broker.

Mr. Ahmad doubted the nature of the so-called “Arab Spring” in Syria from its beginning in 2010.   He objected to it and expressed his concern over how the events in Syria were beginning to look like a foreign design to create mayhem within that country.   Since the outbreak of war in Syria in 2011 Mr. Ahmad has traveled around the United States to explain the reasons for his deep concern for the events taking place in Syria.  He has continuously asked American foreign policymakers to stop helping the foreign forces that are bent on destroying Syria for their own deceitful objectives.   He has been asking politicians to stop American funding of all outlaw groups in Syria.  According to Mr. Ahmad, there is no so-called Syrian "moderate opposition," since all opposition groups in Syria are foreign-based and the people involved are not concerned with the well-being of the average Syrian.  He is a strong believer that necessary changes in Syria can only come from Syrians.  Constructive change cannot come through the meddling of outsiders or through killing Syrians and destroying  an ancient and proud country.  Mr. Ahmad truly believes that without the involvement of foreign terrorist elements Syria would not be suffering the tragedy the world is witnessing today.

Mr. Ahmad also wants you to know that he has been working diligently and within his capability for the past four years to bring to U.S. policymakers and the American people the true facts about Syria.  He will continue to do so with the vision of SAWA as a grassroots organization in United States and abroad to spread our message, both to promote the interest of the United States in a positive relationship with Syria and to help the suffering Syrian people return to peace and prosperity.

Read Chairman’s Letter to Syrian-Americans

Vice Chairman, Mr. Ali Rayes, California

Secretary, Dr. Khaldoun Makhoul, Pennsylvania

Dr. Khaldoun Makhoul

Dr. Khaldoun Makhoul, MD, graduated from University of Aleppo, Faculty of Medicine, in 1993.  In 1994, he came to United States.  He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) residency program and conducts a family medicine practice in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Makhoul is opposed to the so-called Syrian uprising and is against any foreign intervention.  From the beginning of the war imposed on Syria he has been working with various organizations to help the voice of the Syrian people be heard in United States and trying to educate the American people about what really is happening in Syria.  He is committed to helping Syria and the Syrian people.

Treasurer, Dr. Suhael Saba, New Jersey

Mrs. Aliss Obeid, Connecticut

Mrs. Aliss Obeid was born and raised in Syria.  She studied English literature at the University of Tishreen in Latakia prior to immigrating to the United States in 1992.  She settled in Connecticut where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in 2005.   She then taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Housatonic Community College (HCC) from 2007 to 2010.

In 2010, Mrs. Obeid received a Master degree in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Multicultural Education from SCSU where she became a professor of Arabic Language. She also taught Social Studies at a high school in Bridgeport, CT.  Currently, she maintains the position of a Tutoring Coordinator at HCC.

Mrs. Obeid’s view on the current Syrian crisis is that the words “freedom” and “democracy” were marketing terms for hidden agenda, where the so-called “Moderate Opposition” led some Syrians into a violent and chaotic war.  She believes that destruction, chaos, and killing cannot provide positive results for the Syrian people. The “Moderate Opposition” has achieved nothing except making Syria a magnet for foreign terrorist groups.  Mrs. Obeid believes in the self-determination of the Syrian people in their support for the Syrian government and for the Syrian Army’s fight to defeat all violent groups.  Mrs. Obeid is working as hard as she can to help the Syrian people achieve victory and establish stability and prosperity in her beloved motherland.

Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad, Ohio

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Ibrahim Ahmad, MD, FASN, is a native of Damascus, Syria’s capital and one of the world’s oldest cities, and was raised in the beautiful coastal city of Latakia.  He is a board-certified nephrologist practicing in the greater Dayton, Ohio, area.  Among other responsibilities, he is President of, Kidney Care Specialists, LLC; Chief, Department of Medicine, Soin and Greene Hospitals; and Medical Director, Kidney Dialysis centers in Fairborn/Miamisburg/Xenia.

Shortly after unrest broke out in Syria in 2011, Dr. Ahmad, against the advice of concerned family and friends, rushed to Syria to witness the facts first hand on the ground.  Contrary to the common belief and the myth spread by the biased media sources, he found that anti-government protests never been peaceful but were from the start armed, sectarian, and violent.  Many gruesomely violent attacks targeted innocent civilians and destroyed schools, public transportation, medical centers, and UN-recognized historical monuments.

While Dr. Ahmad believes that constructive dialogue and some change is needed, the current tragic fighting dispels the lie concerning “moderate rebels” advocating a free and democratic society.  What he saw confirmed his belief that the carnage results from the actions of barbarians seeking to smash Syria’s the rich heritage and the unparalleled harmony between Syria’s diverse communities.

Dr. John Ashkar, New York

Dr. Amer Abboud, Illinois

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Dr. Amer Abboud, MD, graduated from the Damascus University’s School of Medicine in 1995 and immigrated to the United States in 1997. He then finished his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005, and subsequently finished his fellowship in Surgical Pathology from John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County at Chicago, in 2006. He is board certified from The American Board of Pathology, and currently works for Community Hospitals in Chicago land area.

Dr. Abboud’s general view of the Syrian crises is, like that of the majority of the Syrians, reflects his full conviction that the tragedy taking place will not promote Syrians’ well-being. Instead of seeking violent “regime change” Syrians should stand against all foreign intervention and interference, and work together to overcome their differences and to come out of the unfortunate situation Syrians now find themselves in.

Dr. Abboud supports social and political reform and democracy for Syria but through the law and order of Syrian Arab Republic, not through destructions and through non Syrians agenda. He absolutely believes the Syrians could have worked through their differences in a very peaceful and effective way if the outside world had not negatively interfered and triggered and escalating crisis. Dr. Abboud has been doing his almost to bring an awareness of the true story in Syria to the American public and decision-makers, and has contributed in many ways to the humanitarian efforts to help his sisters and brothers in the motherland.