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AHI Joins with Armenian, Kurdish American Groups Call for Investigation of Turkish Airstrike on Kurds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Demetra Atsaloglou
January 13, 2012—No. 03 (202) 785-8430

AHI Joins with Armenian, Kurdish American Groups Call for Investigation of Turkish Airstrike on Kurds

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) joined with Armenian American and Kurdish American organizations asking Congress to call upon the Obama administration to investigate the use of U.S. arms in a December 28, 2011 Turkish airstrike that killed 35 Kurdish boys and young men along the Turkey-Iraq border. In a letter dated January 10, 2012, the organizations request an investigation and public report to Congress to see whether Turkey violated U.S. arms export laws by using American-supplied weaponry in the airstrike.

The letter cites press accounts from the Associated Press, Economist, Boston Globe, and others that reported the airstrike was conducted by U.S.-supplied F-16s that were guided by aerial drone intelligence.

The American Kurdish Information Network, Armenian National Committee of America, Kurdish Human Rights Watch, and Kurdish National Congress of North America were also signatories to the letter, which was addressed to the bipartisan leaderships of the Congressional committee's overseeing the State Department and Pentagon.

To download the letter to Congress, please click here.

The American Hellenic Institute is an independent non-profit Greek American public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.

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For additional information, please contact Demetra Atsaloglou at (202) 785-8430 or at pr@ahiworld.org. For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our website at http://www.ahiworld.org.