We are proud that the U.S. has played an essential role in the liberation of Libya and look forward to continued support of the Libyans as they rebuild their country and of the Syrians as they persist in their pursuit of freedom, dignity, and democracy
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 21, 2011
The Syrian American Council (SAC) welcomes news of the capture and fall of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and congratulates the Libyan people on their hard-won victory and this critical step towards democracy.
Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) announced that Gadhafi died from wounds that he sustained during his capture near Sirte. Mahmoud Shammam, NTC’s information minister, verified that Gadhafi was killed during an attack by rebel fighters. President Barack Obama remarked that Gadhafi's death "marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya.”
The Libyan people’s peaceful demonstrations against Gadhafi, who ruled the country for over four decades, were inspired by the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in mid-February. Over the past eight months, demonstrations escalated into a civil war and according to a report made by Libya's interim health minister Naji Barakat last month, at least 30,000 people have been killed and 50,000 more wounded.
Read more: A long 8 months in Libya
In a statement, SAC President Talal Sunbulli said:
“Gadhafi’s fall represents a major victory for the Libyan people and for all people who are calling for freedom and democracy. We look forward to the day when we can rejoice over the removal of Syria’s tyrant Bashar Assad as well. As we celebrate the end of the Gadhafi regime today, we caution Assad that he might face a similar fate if he does not step down immediately and end the widespread violence and destruction in Syria.
“We are proud that the U.S. has played an essential role in the liberation of Libya and look forward to continued support for the Libyans as they rebuild their country and for the Syrians as they persist in their pursuit of freedom, dignity, and democracy until they too are liberated from tyranny.”
The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.
Contact: SAC PR Chair Hussam Ayloush, hayloush(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (951) 444-8344;
or SAC Board Member Khalid Saleh, ksaleh(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (832) 423-0607.