QABRE HEWORE, Syria – During official Akitu festivities held in the Syriac village of Gersheran, Qabre Hewore, U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Syria David Brownstein was present with a special message. Brownstein, sitting next to Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson Kino Gabriel, said in a response to questions from Kurdistan 24;
“My message here is returning the same message as I am receiving. It is one of unity and hope for the future. I’m here and able to see the flags from all the different Syriac parties and organizations. All are here together celebrating their heritage and also their common goal to build a multi-ethnic North East Syria. So, my message is the same as they have: unity and the future.”
The United States still has a military presence in Syria, especially in North and East Syria. The Biden administration has so far shown no signs of withdrawing its military forces from North and East Syria as intended by the Trump administration. Moreover, it has continued its hard line of criticism and sanctions against the Ba’ath regime and its leader Bashar al-Assad.
The al-Assad family has used the nationalist pan-Arabic Ba’ath party to repressively rule the peoples of the Syrian Arab Republic for 50 years. It has done so at the detriment of the constitutional rights of indigenous components like the Syriacs.
US Deputy Special Envoy to Syria David Brownstein joins Akitu (Assyrian New Year) celebrations in northeast Syria together with SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel. pic.twitter.com/JWxx3Nux1u
— Kurdistan 24 English (@K24English) April 1, 2021