Senate marks six years of Syrian civil war, asks for WH plan to end conflict

Senate marks six years of Syrian civil war, asks for WH plan to end conflict
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A bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution Wednesday on the sixth anniversary of the Syrian civil war asking the Trump administration for a strategy to end the violence.

“It is heartbreaking that we have reached the sixth anniversary of the Syrian civil war,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement. “A comprehensive strategy is needed now more than ever to put an end to the horror, suffering and devastation in Syria. The lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians living under siege literally depend on it.”

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The resolution also condemns the 400,000-plus civilian deaths that have occurred so far, denounces Russia and Iran for their political and military support of the Assad regime, and calls for protection of civilians and humanitarian workers.

McCain, who introduced the resolution with Sens. Tim KaineTim KaineDemocrats thought they could produce a political earthquake in Kansas Poll: Dems hold double-digit leads in Virginia governor race Sen. King: Trump needs Congress to sign off on new military action MORE (D-Va.), Marco RubioMarco RubioSunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark Treasury won’t grant Exxon drilling waiver for Russia Report: Trump privately met with former Colombian presidents in Florida MORE (R-Fla.) and Chris MurphyChris MurphyUS to step up support for Saudis, says Pentagon chief Dem senator: Trump 'politicizing' position of Surgeon General Top financial services lobbyist departs for trade association MORE (D-Conn.), was the first lawmaker to call for U.S. military action in the Syrian conflict in 2012. At the time, he called for U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria to create safe zones for the opposition. 

“I hope this resolution serves as a stark reminder to the world that we must bring an end to this war and sends a message to the governments of Russia and Iran that the world is watching as they aid this authoritarian regime. We must work harder to protect innocent lives and support all efforts to restore peace to the region,” Kaine, the ranking member of the Readiness and Management Support subcommittee, added.

Rubio added that both parties must work with the Trump administration to help end the conflict.