The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) strongly condemns the terrorist attack against the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, resulting in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his three staff members.
Turkey and the United States are in close cooperation to stop terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice. The United States provides substantial funds and resources to protect Turkish diplomats from terrorism in the United States, particularly from the Armenian left-wing ASALA and Dashnak right-wing Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide (JCAG) terrorist groups.
Since 1973, Armenian militant groups committed 239 acts involving terrorism which killed at least 70, including 42 Turkish diplomats and wounded 524 innocent people. Armenian terrorists took 105 hostages, executing 12, one of whom was an American.
Since 1984, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) has caused the deaths of over 35,000 people, including Americans. The PKK has caused billions of dollars of property damage in Turkey and other countries. The PKK claims to represent Kurds, but includes a sliver of roughly 5000 radicals and militants. PKK terrorist attacks still continue in Turkey.
As our mother country Turkey was also subjected to years of terror by PKK, ASALA and JCAG, we truly understand and share the grief of the American people and offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Ambassador Stevens and staff members who lost their lives while serving their country.
The ATAA, representing over 60 local chapters and 500,000 Turkish Americans throughout the United States, serves locally and nationwide to develop an informed and empowered Turkish American community, and to support strong U.S.-Turkish relations. The ATAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed under the laws of the District of Columbia. To learn more about ATAA, please visit us at www.ataa.org