Syrians who were displaced by the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria wait to receive tents and aid supplies at the Bardarash refugee camp north of Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

(RNS) — Jessica and Jeremy Courtney co-founded Preemptive Love Coalition in 2007, after moving to Iraq at the height of the war. The organization began by providing medical care and surgeries for children and training for local medical staff. When the Islamic State group launched its 2014 Iraq offensive, the Courtneys faced the difficult decision of returning to the U.S. or staying in Iraq. They chose to stay and the organization expanded to provide emergency aid in Iraq and Syria.

Preemptive Love now serves in Iraq, Syria, Israel, the

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