More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the Assad regime to stop its persistent violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement.
The memo, a draft of which was obtained by The New York Times on Friday, says American policy has been “overwhelmed” by the unrelenting violence in Syria. The memo calls for “a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed US-led diplomatic process.”
The Syrian Coalition has repeatedly called on the US-led international coalition not to limit airstrikes to the ISIS extremist group but to launch airstrikes against the Assad regime which is the root cause of the problem and the real source of terrorism.
The Syrian Coalition pointed out that the international community’s ignoring of the Assad regime is inconsistent with an effective strategy to fight terrorism, adding that limiting airstrikes to the ISIS group further fuels terrorism in Syria and the region. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)