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Syrian Children to Congress: Support the Strike and Save Us

A new YouTube video shows Syrian children asking members of the U.S. Congress to support a military strike in Syria.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 9/9/2013, 5:16 AM

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Syrian children
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A new video which was posted to YouTube over the weekend shows Syrian children in a message to the U.S. Congress, asking its members to support a military strike in Syria.

In the message, the children tell Congress members that approving a strike in Syria would not lead to war but rather save Syrians from another chemical attack by President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.

“It will save our souls that Assad has been killing every day,” says one child in the video.

“I promise you it is not the first or the last time he will be using chemical weapons against us, against women, against children,” says another.

 

In recent days, President Barack Obama has been seeking support from Congress for a military strike against Syria, as a punitive measure in response to a chemical attack near Damascus on August 21, which killed more than 1,400 people.

Last Wednesday, a key Senate panel voted to authorize the use of force in response to the chemical attack.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7, with one senator voting present, to approve a military strike. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure this week.

CNN on the weekend aired footage from 13 short films shown by representatives of Obama to the American Senate, which apparently show the aftermath of chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime against civilians.