When the Obama administration announced Thursday that it would provide arms to rebel forces in Syria, psychiatrist Amjad Bahnassi was treating a patient in his Worcester office. It was not until his wife later called him at work that he learned of the decision.
“She told me there was good news,” said Bahnassi, 53, who has two sisters, a brother, and several uncles and aunts in Syria. “We were excited, just elated, because we’ve been in pain. The rest of my patients after that kept asking why I was in such a good mood.”