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America’s Failed Response to the Armenian Genocide

On April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Empire began an aggressive genocide campaign against its Armenian citizens. The Ottoman Empire’s instability, coupled with World War I military losses, brought long-standing tensions between the Turks and Armenians to a head. An estimated 1.5 million Armenians died as a result of the events between 1915 and 1923. Much of Turkey’s actions went unacknowledged, taking a backseat to the war.