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article imageUS Senators: Assad victory threatens US national security

By Paul Iddon     Jun 21, 2013 in Politics
American senators have said in a letter to the US President that Assad's victories over the Syrian opposition threaten the national security of the United States. They accordingly call for the implementation of a no fly zone.
According to the Jerusalem Post and News Radio WGOW 1150AM three Senate leaders have written to Obama complaining that small arms aren't enough for the rebels.
The United States has been indecisive when it comes to whether or not it will go ahead with establishing a no-fly zone over parts of Syria or supply the rebels with anything other than light weapons.
Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Robert Menendez and Republican Senator John McCain sent a letter where they argued that a no fly zone should be established over Syria in order to "degrade Assad's ability to use air power and ballistic missiles against civilian populations and opposition forces in Syria."
They also added that, "such actions should include the targeting of regimes airfields, runways, and aircraft on the ground, which would also limit Assad's ability to transport and resupply his ground forces and those of his allies by air."
How Assad's victories threaten US national security, the issuers of this letter argue that, "It [an Assad victory] could further radicalize the Syrian opposition and enhance the growing influence of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups inside Syria."
They added, "It could push the Middle East, especially Iraq and Lebanon, deeper toward the prospect of sectarian conflict. It would be a major victory for the Iranian regime and its proxy forces that would expand their extremist influence in the region."
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