McCain and senators call on Obama to make a decision soon to arm Syrian opposition

McCain and senators call on Obama to make a decision soon to arm Syrian opposition

Washington : DC : USA | Jun 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM PDT
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"John McCain," called U.S. President "Barack Obama" to make a decision as soon as possible to arm the Syrian opposition.

U.S. Senator pointed out, in a press release issued on Tuesday, that the opposition began to lose ground due to the intervention of Hezbollah Iran and Shiite fighters from entering Iraq to the Syrian land and participate in the ongoing war there.

In a colloquy, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) all said Obama should put military pressure on the Syrian regime by arming rebel groups fighting the Assad regime.

Graham and McCain have long been hawkish on Syria, but the pressure from Levin and Menendez points to growing support in Congress for tougher actions against Syria. McCain even suggested that the U.S. could use precision strikes to target Syria's ballistic missiles and chemical weapons.

"We could use our precision strike capabilities to target Assad's aircraft and SCUD missile launchers on the ground without our pilots having to fly into the teeth of Syria's air defenses,

" McCain said. "Similar weapons could be used to selectively destroy artillery pieces and make Assad's forces think twice about remaining at their posts. We could also use Patriot missile batteries outside of Syria to help protect safe zones inside of Syria from Assad's aerial bombing and missile attacks.

The U.S. officials have said that the Obama administration this week searching several options, including the supply of weapons to the Syrian opposition. For his part, the White House spokesman, "Jay Carney," The U.S. administration looking all options except to send U.S. troops to Syria, pointing out that there is not any change in Washington's policy towards the Syrian crisis so far.

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Syrian army troops walk past a damaged truck in Aleppo in northern Syria on September
Syrian army troops walk past a damaged truck in Aleppo in northern Syria on September
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