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Next for My American Baby in Syria: A Refugee Camp in Turkey

Turkey has designated areas for refugee camps and hospitals in the cities for Syrians who flee a likely civil war

The US State Department on Monday said that it has ordered some non-essential US embassy officials in Damascus and all embassy dependents to leave Syria because of the "uncertainty and volatility" in the country.

On Wednesday Bloomberg reported that "Turkey considers it likely that Syrians may flee the country and has designated areas for refugee camps and hospitals in the cities of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Mardin near the Syrian border, it said. Additional mine-sweeping equipment has been sent to police stations in the area, it said."

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As of this morning, and since July 2010, my abducted daughter Sofia Kircaali, a US citizen, remains in Syria and in harm's way.

Feras Bankosly, M.D.
Last Known Employment Address: Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Medical
Education: University of Aleppo - Syria

Over the Easter weekend and on Monday, the Syrian government’s crackdown against protesters and demonstrators appeared to be reaching a crescendo, as President Bashar al-Assad apparently refused to grant any further concessions and seems determined to squelch any further expressions of dissent. Demos against the Syrian regime and Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Banias, Latakia, Douma, and Daraa already left more than hundreds dead!

I've been watching videos on the Internet showing violence inside a mosque one block away from where Sofia currently lives with her mother and grandmother.

Sofia Kidnapped from Home in Florida By Her Syrian National Uncle Who Is an MD in Chicago
More than a year ago, Sofia was abducted from her home in Lighthouse Point, Florida, by her Syrian National uncle Feras Bankosly, MD, who is practicing medicine in the Chicago, IL, area.

In July 2010, based on this uncle's instructions, Sofia was abducted by her mom to Syria where she has been missing her life-saving medical treatment.

State Department photo of Sofia (November 2010) taken during a welfare visit to grandmother's home by the US Embassy in Damascus, Syria.

Sofia's Syrian National uncle is still practicing medicine in the Chicago area.

As I explained repeatedly in multiple blog posts since her abduction more than six months ago, she needs urgent daily therapy, which was initially scheduled until the age of three.

I strongly believe that Uncle Feras Bankosly MD's "physician license" in the United States should be revoked immediately due to his abduction of Sofia from her home in March, 2010, as he has endangered Sofia's life by keeping her away from her much-needed medical care in Syria.

The Syrian doctor should also be deported from the United States for his actions against humanity, as he doesn't care about the health of his two-year-old niece Sofia.

Sofia needs intense urgent daily therapy, up to 4-5 hours per day, which was scheduled to start seven months ago in New Jersey, United States.

She has not received any medical attention for her condition since her abduction to Syria.

Following the border closing between Syria and Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon are also expected to close their borders soon, mainly to stop the mass exodus from Syria.

I will continue discussing the details of my daughter's abduction to Syria on national TV news programs until her safe return home.

Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali

Mr. Barack Obama, The President of the United States
Mrs. Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State
Mr. Bill Nelson, U.S. Senator, Florida
Mr. Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator, Florida
Mr. Frank R. Lautenberg, U.S. Senator, New Jersey
Mr. Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator, New Jersey
Mr. Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator, Illinois
Mr. Mark Kirk, U.S. Senator, Illinois
Mr. Robert Stephen Ford, U.S. Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic
Mr. Charles F. (Chuck) Hunter, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Damascus, Syria

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Fuat Kircaali is the founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, Cloud Expo, Inc. and Ulitzer, Inc.

Kircaali came to the United States from Zurich University, Switzerland in 1984 while studying for his PhD, to design computer systems for SH-2G submarine hunter helicopters for the U.S. Navy. He later worked at IBM's IS&CG Headquarters as a market research analyst under Mike Armstrong's leadership, an IBM executive who later ran IBM Europe and AT&T; and Fuat was the Director of Information Systems for UWCC, reporting to CEO Steve Silk (later Hebrew National CEO), one of the top marketing geniuses of the past two decades.

Kircaali founded SYS-CON Media in 1994, a privately held tech media company with sales exceeding $100 million. SYS-CON Media was listed twice by Inc 500 and Deloitte and Touche as one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Kircaali launched Ulitzer, Inc., a revolutionary "new media" start-up in mid 2009.

Fuat completed Bogazici University Business Administration program in 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree. He was one of 50 students accepted to the program out of over 1 million high school graduates that year.


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