About Lt. Colonel Sargis Sangari
- Diplomatic status in Kuwait as Director of Host Nation Affairs.
- Special Operations Forces.
- Topics: Military strategy, Middle East Foreign Policy, Middle East, Assyrians in Iraq & Syria.
US Army Lt. Col. (ret.) Sargis Sangari is the CEO of The Near East Center for Strategic Engagement LLC and Founder of the United Assyrian Appeal. Besides his six years of combat deployment in the Mid East including 22 Special Forces missions, 144 combat patrols and commanding men during numerous enemy attacks. Sargis was accorded diplomatic status in Kuwait as Director of Host Nation Affairs. The United Assyrian Appeal focuses on assisting the Military Families of the Dwekh Nawsha/Assyrian Armed Forces to stabilize the well being of Assyrians in Iraq & Syria.
Lt Col. Sargis Sangari is a retired US Army Colonel who saw extensive combat in the Mid East as a Special Operations Forces soldier and who, after retirement, decided to help advise the fledgling Assyrian Christian Army in Iraq known as Dwekh Nawsha with his military expertise.
He found himself extremely busy since 2014. The phone continued ringing off the hook-all hours of the day-we were being hit with rockets and mortars, they tell me, in one of our sectors Daesh (ISIS) is trying to overrun us and outflank our sector, or there’s a suspicious vehicle approaching a checkpoint from behind the Forward Lines of Troops (FLOT).
We have to counterattack, call in airstrikes, against multiple targets, which we were not equipped to destroy. The multiple forces in Iraq still seek input and advice. There are wounded, limited paramedic capabilities. They get low on supplies or they have a problem with the Pesh (Peshmerga) letting them receive foreign fighters who would only gladly serve.” But they have other more basic problems. “The soldiers prefer to stay with their towns and villages to protect their immediate families but they have to feed them so they are forced to join Shia militias or Kurdish force structures or any others who pay them but thus leave their people unprotected to Islamic State and their region in the chaos of sectarian violence between Sunni Muslim Kurds, and Shia and Arab Sunnis”.
This is when United Assyrian Apeal.org, a 501C3 was formed to help their families and collects money to help feed the families so that their loved ones have the option of remaining in the ranks of the Assyrian Army and under an Assyrian Christian command and control.
Michael Savage discovered them and did a Christmas appeal on Dec 21st, 2015. The late William Peter Blatty who wrote the Exorcist donated as well as dozens of ordinary people who want to help.
Retired Lt. Col. Sargis Sangari, who was deployed to Iraq during his 20-year career in the U.S. Army, is one of the Americans advising the Assyrian Army, known as Dwekh Nawsha, which means “self-sacrifice” in the ancient Aramaic language used by Jesus and still spoken by the Assyrian Christians.
According to Sangari, the Assyrian military force, which is primarily based in Iraq’s Assyrian Nineveh plain, is closely aligned with the strategic goals and aspirations of the United States.
Lieutenant Colonel Sargis Sangari was born and raised in Rezaiyeh (Urmia), Iran. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 at age ten after the Iranian Revolution.
LTC Sangari received a two-year Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship and began his Army service in 1994 after graduating from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, earning a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and receiving a commission in the Infantry. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), Camp Greaves and Camp Giant Korea, where he served as a two-time Rifle Platoon Leader.
LTC Sangari deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor as the principle staff advisor for Chief of Staff Military Operations for U.S. Forces and National Agencies force protection for Implementation Forces (IFOR) and Stabilization Forces (SFOR) and the theater safety officer for all of Theater SFOR.
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