Local Syrian family reacts to airstrikes

Local Syrian family reacts to airstrikes

This photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show according to them Syrian citizens check a damaged house that targeted by the coalition airstrikes, in the village of Kfar Derian, a base for the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State group, between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)
This photo provided by an anti-Bashar Assad activist group Edlib News Network (ENN), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show according to them Syrian citizens check a damaged house that targeted by the coalition airstrikes, in the village of Kfar Derian, a base for the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, a rival of the Islamic State group, between the northern province of Aleppo and Idlib, Syria, Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014. Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists' strongholds across northern and eastern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)


CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A local family from Syria reacts to the drama currently unfolding there. The images of what’s happening in Syria right now are not  what Dr. Beth Salama and her husband, Dr. Ibrahim Ahmad saw growing up there.

“We are paralyzed by what’s happening in Syria. We try to move along with our everyday lives but it’s just impossible,” Salama said.

Salama said they moved to the Miami Valley 14 years ago to practice medicine. Dr. Ahmad said the chaos over there is hard to comprehend.

“I find it difficult to understand how can these people who say in the name of the God, the most kind, the most merciful. How could they do this? I can not find the word that can describe those monsters who not only kill people, but take their heart and eat it,” said Ahmad.

They want the extremists to be stopped, but they don’t agree with president Obama’s campaign to train and arm moderate rebels to fight.

“Many of them with in their families, have people that belong to the extremist that they could easily, those weapons that we are sending could go to the bad ones,” Dr. Ahmad said.

“Don’t support the rebels. The moderates might turn into extremists, and this is what happen before,” said Salama.

If the U.S. is going to help, they’d like to see direct aid in the fight, to stop the bloodshed of innocent people from pouring in the streets.

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