Today we celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the Lausanne Peace Treaty. It was through this treaty that Turkey finally gained back its political and economic sovereignty, in the aftermath of what was possibly the most turbulent years of its history. Witnessing the catastrophic decline of the Ottoman Empire after the superimposed Sevres Treaty and the hardships [...]
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July 20, 2017 | Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Turkish Rescue and Peace Operation conducted by the Turkish Army on Cyprus on July 20, 1974 to protect the lives and liberties of the island's Turkish community from mass extermination. Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) commends the Turkish Armed Forces, which carried out one [...]
Today marks the 1st anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, which claimed the lives of 249 and wounded more than 2,000. The failed attempt by the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) whose affiliates have infiltrated to Turkish society, political system and armed forces to overthrow the current government in Turkey is a blatant attack [...]
July 14, 1983 - Brussels, Belgium Armenian gunmen assassinate Turkish Embassy Administrative Attaché, Dursun Aksoy, while in his automobile near his home in Brussels' embassy section. ASALA and JCAG claim responsibility. July 27, 1983 - Lisbon, Portugal Five Armenian gunmen - "The Lisbon Five" - storm the Turkish Embassy in Lisbon, killing a Portuguese law enforcement [...]
June 2, 1978 - Madrid, Spain Three Armenian gunmen open automatic gunfire on the automobile of the Turkish Ambassador to Spain, Zeki Kuneralp. The Ambassador's wife, Necla Kuneralp, and a guest, a retired Turkish Ambassador, Besir Balcioglu, are killed. Spanish chauffeur, Antonio Torres, dies later from his wounds. Armenian terrorist organizations, ASALA and JCAG claim responsibility. [...]
May 19, 2017, Washington, DC | May 19th marks a significant date in the history of the Turkish Republic. Ninety-eight years ago today, Army Commander and Founding Father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk arrived in the port city of Samsun on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, launching the War of Independence against powers that had invaded Turkey [...]
May 15, 2017, Washington, DC | Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) commends California Governor Jerry Brown for denying the parole of San Quentin Prison inmate Hampig Sassounian, whose parole was previously granted by the California Board of Parole. Sassounian, Inmate C88440, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the heinous [...]
Dear Assembly Members and Friends: It is with our great pleasure to inform you that in coming weeks, we will open our doors in more spacious and comfortable surroundings. Our old office served us well, and we made great memories there, but we couldn't be more excited about our new space. Our new address is 6003 Tower [...]
April 25, 2017, Washington, DC | On April 25 at 5:45am, the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) participated in the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. ATAA Art Director Hakan Dakin joined the Defense Attache's of Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Korea, Canada and Turkey, to place a [...]