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Urge California Parole Board to Deny Release of Terrorist Hampig Sassounian

On June 29, the California Parole Board will hold parole suitability hearing for inmate Hampig Sassounian, (CDC# C88440) Hampig Sassounian was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the heinous assassination of Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan on January 28, 1982. Sassounian shot Mr. Arikan 14 times in the chest and head. [...]

Urge California Parole Board to Deny Release of Terrorist Hampig Sassounian2018-06-07T23:14:44+00:00

ATAA Deeply Saddened by the Passing of Professor Bernard Lewis

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Bernard Lewis, British-American historian and preeminent scholar of the Middle East, Islam, Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. Professor Lewis died in New Jersey on Saturday at the age of 101. Professor Lewis was best known for his position on the Armenian [...]

ATAA Deeply Saddened by the Passing of Professor Bernard Lewis2018-05-23T23:33:52+00:00

ATAA Celebrates May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day

May 19th marks a significant date in the history of the Turkish Republic. Ninety-nine 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 at the end of World War [...]

ATAA Celebrates May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day2018-05-23T23:33:52+00:00

ATAA Attends Anzac Day Dawn Ceremony

April 25, 2018, 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 [...]

ATAA Attends Anzac Day Dawn Ceremony2018-07-11T00:14:18+00:00

ATAA Celebrates April 23rd Turkish National Sovereignty & Children’s Day

On the occasion of the 98th anniversary of April 23rd Turkish National Sovereignty and Children's Day, the Assembly of Turkish American Associations congratulates all children and the Turkish American community. "Little women, little men! Each one of you is a star, a ray of light, a rose of the future! It is you who will bathe [...]

ATAA Celebrates April 23rd Turkish National Sovereignty & Children’s Day2018-04-23T09:21:07+00:00

ATAA Commemorates the 103rd Anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli War

Today, we respectfully commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Battle of Çanakkale/Gallipoli War as a great national victory; the day allied warships were repelled by the courage and sacrifice of the Turkish gunners and foot soldiers at the Çanakkale/Gallipoli fortifications. The battle lasted two years claiming the lives of over 70 thousand British, Australian, French, New [...]

ATAA Commemorates the 103rd Anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli War2018-03-23T11:32:29+00:00

An Open letter to Congress: US must respond to Turkish concerns in Syria

Dear Members of Congress: On behalf of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA), which serves as the voice of over 500,000 Turkish Americans and 60 local Turkish American organizations nationwide, I am writing to express our grave concern over the United States’ support for the PKK linked People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. The YPG [...]

An Open letter to Congress: US must respond to Turkish concerns in Syria2018-03-09T16:30:49+00:00

ATAA Remembers the Victims of the Khojaly Massacre

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) mourns the victims of the Khojaly massacre, which claimed the lives of hundreds of Azerbaijani civilians from the town of Khojaly located in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As Human Rights Watch documented, between February 25 and 26, 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces and Russian 366th Motor Rifle Regiment [...]

ATAA Remembers the Victims of the Khojaly Massacre2018-02-27T10:19:12+00:00

ATAA Mourns the Passing of Ambassador Nabi Sensoy

The Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) deeply mourns the loss of Ambassador (Ret.) Nabi Sensoy, who passed away early this morning at age of 73 in Izmir, Turkey. During his tenure as Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States (2006-2009), Sensoy was instrumental in the growth, and success of ATAA. Ambassador Sensoy [...]

ATAA Mourns the Passing of Ambassador Nabi Sensoy2018-02-07T22:31:02+00:00

Assassination of Los Angeles Turkish Consul General Marks 45th Anniversary of Modern Day Armenian Terrorism

January 28, 2018 | On January 27, 1973, Armenian American extremist, Gourgen Yanikian, assassinated the Los Angeles Turkish Consul General Mehmet Baydar and Vice Consul Bahadir Demir, after inviting the Turkish diplomats to his hotel suite to present the Turkish Government with "gifts." The supposed gifts were a bank note and a painting stolen from the [...]

Assassination of Los Angeles Turkish Consul General Marks 45th Anniversary of Modern Day Armenian Terrorism2018-02-07T15:05:52+00:00