Student from Syria worried about family as war with ISIS escalates

Student from Syria worried about family as war with ISIS escalates

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - To Ambassador Tibor Nagy, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University, the American-Arab air strikes in Syria last night had to be done to stop the terrorist groups like ISIS that he defines as pure evil.

"They will continue to be a magnet as long as they're allowed to exist and thrive," he said, "so I think from the U.S. point of view, that's very important. "

However, for Tarek Kandakji, the death and destruction in Syria concerns him personally. Syria is his home country and he believes his family is in danger there. He is a graduate student at Texas Tech who came to Lubbock in June 2013.

"I'm still worried about my family," he said, "and what is going to happen to them."

Tarek has already lost many loved ones in Syria who were trying to stop these terrorist groups.

"My whole family participated in the revolution in Syria against the regime," he said. "Some of them died and some of them ran out of the country."

He hopes Americans will not condemn his entire country for the actions groups like ISIS have taken. He says 90 percent of Syrians are against them,

"No Muslim in the whole world would accept was ISIS is doing," he said.

While Tarek waits for word from his family, he says it is oftentimes hard to believe the news and devastation from a country he spent so much of his life in.

He cannot contact his family members because he said they are afraid of government intervention.

He said he will probably never return to Syria.

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