State Department officials sign memo demanding military strikes against Syrian Leader

Syrian President  Bashar Al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad

{BNN/WASHINGTON, U.S.} – In a move that is sharply critical of U.S. policy in Syria, more than 50 State Department diplomats have reportedly called for military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.

According to reports, the internal memo claims that continuing violence in Syria has “overwhelmed” U.S. policy in the Middle East, and added that the only way to overturn ISIS would be to oust Bashar Al-Assad and his regime.

It was added that the diplomats called for “judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would under-gird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process.”

Further, the officials reportedly believed that previous negotiations and ceasefires, with Russia’s intervention, had not succeeded both in Syria, and demand stricter laws despite President Barack Obama’s resistance towards delving deeper into the crisis.

Experts reportedly opine that, “In a nutshell, the group would like to see a military option put forward to put some pressure… on the regime.”

Reports added that both presumptive presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have promised action, with the former promising a tougher policy towards Assad, and the later on ISIS, with Russia’s help.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had yet not seen the memo, reportedly said that, “It’s an important statement and I respect the process, very, very much. I will… have a chance to meet with people when I get back.”

Robert Ford of the Middle East Institute reportedly indicated that the number of signatures on the memo was “an astonishingly high number.”

Meanwhile, reports state that Iraqi forces made rapid advances against the Islamic State, and succeeded in recapturing the government compound in central Fallujah on June 17.

Police spokesman Col. Abdelrahman al Khazali reportedly said that ISIS has been “broken” in the city, leading to the overturning of the extremist group’s strongest foothold.

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