PHOENIX - Some experts believe the U.S. military could take action in Syria this week in response to recent reported chemical attacks.
For Valley residents with close ties to Syria, that news is both welcome and terrifying.
They're thinking about their families night and day. And some are having a hard time getting in touch with them.
Syrians we spoke with who have now lived in the Valley for decades say the people in their home country need help and they've needed it for a while.
They just hope if the United States steps in-- it's not just for a temporary fix.
"It's very hard to watch people be killed, the kids, families. When I talk to my family back home, I can hear bombing over the phone," said Mike Kassab.
For Syrians like Kassab and Zeyad Rifai, who fled Syria under similar circumstances years ago, the fear of losing loved ones in Syria gets stronger every day.
"It's really hard when you talk to someone, and they tell you that they're living right now, but they don't know if they're going to be living tomorrow," said Zeyad Rifai.
For others, the memories are unbearably fresh.
"They're happy that at least something is going to happen because they've been waiting for two to two-and-a half years, going through this nightmare on a daily basis, on an hourly basis," said Orfan Tarabichi, who just moved to Arizona from Syria.
They hope their adopted country won't stay silent.
"We're anxious to have the cavalry come with missiles and arms and training and protection for the border, but also we want it done right," said Zuhdi Jasser, a local physician and president of the American Islam Forum for Democracy.
Jasser says when you think it can't get any worse-- it does.
"There's only one of two ways it's going to end. Either Bashar's generals and officers will be dead, or the Syrian people will be dead," Jasser said.
It took a lot of courage for the Syrians we spoke with to share their story.
They say many people are afraid to speak out because the Syrian government is monitoring the media here and they fear retaliation on their families.
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