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Kinzinger, Boyle Call on WH to Sanction Key Syrian Officials

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Washington, DC, June 3, 2022 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
This week, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) sent a letter to President Biden urging targeted sanctions against key Syrian officials in light of a recently-released video documenting Bashar al-Assad’s military murdering innocent Syrian civilians.
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Washington, DC – After participating in a virtual press conference hosted by Citizens for a Secure and Safe America (C4SSA), Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA), the Co-Chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, sent a letter to President Biden urging targeted sanctions against key Syrian officials in light of a recently-released video documenting Bashar al-Assad’s military murdering innocent Syrian civilians.

The virtual event with C4SSA featured the release of that shocking new video, which has been recently authenticated, showing extraordinary crimes against humanity committed by Assad’s Military Intelligence Branch 227. The extremely graphic video shows portions of an April 16, 2013 massacre of 228 innocent Syrian civilians, including seven women and twelve children.

As both Congressmen noted, the Assad regime has received significant financial, strategic and tactical support from Vladimir Putin over the years, and the tactics being deployed by Putin in Ukraine are right out of his “Syrian Playbook.” The role that Russia’s military has played in the mass execution, rape, and torture of civilians in both Syria and Ukraine must be acknowledged and addressed by the international community. And as a leader on the world stage, the United States must stand up against these barbaric dictators and demand accountability and justice.

“The 2013 Tadamon massacre in Syria was not an isolated incident; it’s disturbingly just one of countless examples of the atrocities committed by the Assad regime. We must do everything in our power to shed light on these heinous events and hold Assad and his backers accountable for their crimes against humanity,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “With continued support for the Syrian people, and the plight of refugees worldwide, we must stand up and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring these war criminals are held accountable.”

The letter by Congressmen Kinzinger and Boyle was sent to the White House on June 1, 2022. It can be found attached as a PDF and online here.

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