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Congressman Richard Neal

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Congressman Neal Statement on U.S. Military Strikes in Syria

April 7, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement following the U.S. military airstrikes in Syria last night in direct response to President  Bashar al-Assad use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians.

“The images the international community witnessed this week from Syria were tragic, heartbreaking and shocking. Bashir al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women and children in that country’s six year civil war is inhuman and demanded a response. That is why I supported the limited and proportional airstrikes against key Syrian military assets by our Armed Forces. Assad is a brutal dictator who has no regard for his own people and needs to be held accountable. But going forward, any future authorization of military for needs to be thoroughly debated in the United States Congress. The American people simply do not want to enter another open ended conflict in the region. In my opinion, a political solution, not further military engagement, is the best strategy to bring meaningful change to Syria,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.