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Remembering Syrian Freedom-Fighter, Raed Fares

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Washington, November 26, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released a statement in honor of Raed Fares, a Syrian freedom-fighter who was killed one year ago on November 23rd.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), founder and co-chair of the Friends of a Free, Stable, and Democratic Syria Caucus in the House, released this statement in honor of Raed Fares, a Syrian freedom-fighter who was killed one year ago this past weekend:

“In times of darkness, heroes emerge and leaders show us the light. Raed Fares was a leader in Syria, peacefully protesting the regime of Bashar al-Assad during the uprising in 2011. He fought for liberty and embodied the freedom-loving spirit for his fellow citizens.  And because of that, his main detractors – Assad, Al Qaeda, and ISIS – attempted to murder him on numerous occasions. And on November 23, 2018, masked gunmen cowardly murdered Raed Fares.

“Raed was an incredible partner to the United States in countering propaganda of Assad, ISIS, and Al Qaeda. Though they took his life, the impact he made and the legacy he left during his time on Earth will continue to inspire and give freedom-fighting Syrians the strength they need to keep pushing forward. We must stand up and protect the men and women who combat extremist ideologies, as we stand for freedom and human dignity. May God bless Raed’s soul, and may God save Syria.”


On November 23, 2018, Raed Fares was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Idlib province in Syria. A pro-democracy activist, Raed was critical in the messaging of Assad’s brutality and helping draw attention to the horrific realities Syrians were facing under this barbaric regime. Congressman Kinzinger has long supported a free and democratic Syria, and has spoken out many times urging for greater international attention and involvement in holding Assad and his backers accountable for their countless war crimes.

In November 2015, Congressman Kinzinger met with Raed Fares while he was here in Washington, DC and they spoke about what he had gone through with the Assad regime’s brutality. They spoke about his efforts to raise awareness and how to keep hope alive for the freedom-seeking people of Syria.

On the anniversary of his death, Congressman Kinzinger remains committed to supporting the Syrian people, and passing on Raed’s message that “revolutions are ideas, and ideas cannot be killed with weapons.” The legacy of a hero lives on, and that is most certainly the case with Raed Fares.

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