President Barack Obama on Thursday night announced that the United States would soon begin a humanitarian airdrop of food to a stranded minority in Iraq, threatening airstrikes should militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) advance closer to where U.S. personnel are stationed. Meanwhile, across the border in Syria, civilians are likely wondering why their four year-long struggle has not seen the same rapid response as the escalating crisis in Iraq.

Oubai Shahbandar serves as the communications adviser to the opposition Syrian Coalition’s Washington, DC office. “It’s been one of depression,” he said, when ThinkProgress asked about the reaction among Syrians to Obama’s announcement. There’s a “level of frustration” both inside of Syria and among the Syrian diaspora, he continued, as Obama used the word “genocide” to describe the threat against the minority Yazidi community in Iraq. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog