Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 14, 2017 [open pdf - 2MB]
"This is the February 14, 2017 hearing on 'Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward,' held before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Ted Poe: 'The losers in this have been the Syrian people, and I think they will continue to be the losers because, as the war rages, the war affects them more than anyone else. Half a million Syrian people have died, at least, in this war. And I don't call it a conflict; I call it a war. When you start dropping bombs on people, that is not a conflict, that is a war. Fifty thousand of those people, by all estimates, have been children. Five million Syrians have become refugees; 6 million are internally displaced. So that has been about 11 percent of the Syrian population killed or injured since the start of the violence. The perpetrator of all of this sits directly at the regime of Bashar Assad and his backers in Moscow and Tehran. Assad has pursued a policy of murdering anybody that expresses criticism of his power. He uses barrel bombs, and it doesn't make any difference who those barrel bombs fall on as long as he thinks they are opposed to his regime. Russia intervened in Syria in September 2015 and began air strikes against what it called terrorist targets. The Russians apparently are not very good in their targeting because it seems as though they have killed thousands of people in Syria and they haven't all been terrorists. The Syrian Network for Human Rights suggested last year that Russian strikes killed more Syrians than ISIS members.' Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hassan Hassan, Frederic C. Hof, and Melissa Dalton."
Serial No. 115-3
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