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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The state Department urged Obama to go to war with Assad

Dozens of employees of the Department of state signed a confidential document, urging President Barack Obama to take military action against Damascus. According to officials, the change of the Syrian regime is the only way to combat “Islamic state.”

photo: Alexander Astafyev

According to the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal, the document was signed by 51 employee of the U.S. state Department middle and senior grade in charge of Syria.

In his address they protested against the policies of U.S. President Barack Obama in Syria and called for an immediate strike “targeted military strikes” on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. Its recommendation are based on the fact that the Syrian authorities allegedly violate the ceasefire.

According to the authors of the letter, the inability of Washington to stop the “egregious crimes” of the Assad strengthen ideological appeal in the Russian Federation banned the extremist group “Islamic state”, despite the military failures of the rebels.

Sending such messages to the President of the United States is a common practice, but so many diplomats under them, as a rule, do not subscribe. As pointed out by The New York Times, “51 signatures is a lot, if not unprecedented.” The state Department has acknowledged the existence of this document, but declined to comment on its contents.

We will remind, on Wednesday U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry said the threat of collapse of the ceasefire in Syria, noting that Washington is running out of patience. “Russia must understand that our patience is not unlimited, especially as to whether Assad is brought to justice,” said Kerry. However, later in the state Department explained that the diplomat did not threaten Moscow and only expressed “my frustration” about the current situation.

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