Congress should heed the President's request and grant him speedy authorization to support the rebels. The President should turn his words into action and order immediate strikes on ISIS in Syria.
(PRWEB) September 12, 2014
Washington DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria, a coalition representing over 100,000 Syrian Americans, welcomes Obama's speech tonight in which he announced that he "will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria" and announced that "we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition." The CDS further commends President Obama for identifying the moderate opposition inside Syria as the only antidote to both the oppression of the Assad regime and the terror of ISIL.
Going forward, CDS urges Congress in the strongest terms possible to authorize President Obama's proposed arms program for moderate Syrian rebels. Given urgent developments on the ground in Syria, SAC believes that Congress must enable rapid enactment of the program by inserting it into Continuing Resolution H.J.Res. 124, which is scheduled to be passed by Congress by the end of next week.
"We welcome President Obama’s strategy to defeat ISIS, but by the time Congress returns from its recess in November, ISIS could have a death grip on Aleppo City, the main rebel stronghold which is twice the size of Mosul," said Mirna Barq, president of the CDS member organization Syrian American Council. "To ensure Syrian rebels in Aleppo have the tools they need to defend themselves, Congress should heed the President's request and grant him speedy authorization to support the rebels. The President should turn his words into action and order immediate strikes on ISIS in Syria."
The Syrian opposition has been fighting a two-front war against Assad forces and ISIS for over nine months. In January, anti-Assad Syrians held mass protests and an armed uprising to expel ISIS from northwestern Syria. In July, after the fall of Mosul, rebels also expelled ISIS from the Damascus suburbs. Over the past month, Syrian opposition fighters have fought ISIS to a standstill outside Aleppo City, even though ISIS is armed with captured American weapons. Opponents of Assad near the Syrian-Iraqi border have also mounted a protest campaign and guerrilla war against ISIS.