The Assyrian-American community in Turlock has been outspoken about the need to help those terrorized by Islamic State militants.
In the conference room of the Assyrian-American Civic Club of Turlock, members watched closely as Pres. Obama outlined his four-point plan Wednesday evening to degrade and destroy the terrorist group ISIS.
"It has been frustrating as an Assyrian-American to see the lack of action up until this point," club member Matthew Jacob said.
In addition to Sunni and Shia Muslims, Assyrian Christians are among the tens of thousands of religious minorities Obama said were at grave risk from ISIS.
"He mentioned the Christian minorities that are being displaced right now and the humanitarian aid that needs to be sent to them. That's very comforting for me to hear," Jacob said.
Club member Bella Daniel welcomed the focus on local Iraqi security forces.