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Dear Colleague,

Please join me in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain a strong American presence in Syria. This weekend’s precision strikes against Assad’s chemical weapons program, while important, will be for nothing if we withdraw our troops from
the area.  

The ongoing conflict in Syria has reached epic proportions with over 500,000 Syrians dead, including more than 50,000 children. Bashar al-Assad, along with his Russian and Iranian backers, has continued to kill and injure civilians with impunity as he seeks
to consolidate his power over the last rebel-held areas in the country. The pages of history show that the world is a better and more prosperous place when America exerts strong global leadership. Conversely, when the United States retreats from our global
obligations, we only embolden more nefarious actors such as Russia and Iran to fill the void and harm our allies and interests.  

Please join me in sending this letter to President Trump. The deadline to sign on is Tuesday, April 17 at noon.
If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Sebastian De Luca at
Sebastian.DeLuca@mail.house.gov
 


Dear Mr. President:

As Members of Congress concerned with American leadership in the Middle East, we applaud the American, French, and British response to yet another senseless chemical weapon attack by the barbaric regime of Bashar al-Assad on the innocent people of Syria.

The ongoing conflict in Syria has reached epic proportions with over 500,000 Syrians dead, including more than 50,000 children. Bashar al-Assad, along with his Russian and Iranian backers, has continued to kill and injure civilians with impunity as he seeks
to consolidate his power over the last rebel-held areas in the country.

Last year, you sent a strong message to the Assad regime that we would not accept the use of chemical weapons on the battlefield or their war crimes against the Syrian population. But on April 7, 2018, the world watched again as innocent men, women, and
children suffocated on chemical gas and lost their lives under the rubble of countless barrel bomb attacks.

We appreciate your initiative in forging a coalition with our partners in France and the United Kingdom and support the targeted strikes against the heart of Assad’s chemical weapons program. As a global community, the hope is that Assad and his backers
received the message loud and clear, but we must remain vigilant and remember that those conducting these acts are war criminals and their word cannot be trusted.

As you told the nation, we all want to bring our troops home, but we must not do it prematurely. We understand your concern regarding the costs of United States engagement abroad, but an early withdrawal from Syria would simply hand an easy victory to Assad
and the Iranian and Russian regimes. Not only would this withdrawal jeopardize the security and safety of our allies in the region, it would also leave the Syrian people under the hand of an authoritarian murderer. Additionally, by removing American troops
from the region, we cede the territory won by our brave men and women in uniform to terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.  

The pages of history show that the world is a better and more prosperous place when America exerts strong global leadership. When the United States retreats from our global obligations, we only embolden more nefarious actors such as Russia and Iran to fill
the void and harm our allies and interests.   

Mr. President, we thank you for executing these precision strikes to show that these war crimes will not go unchecked. We must continue to take a stand and show these evil regimes that the repercussions of their atrocities far exceed any benefit they think
they will gain from such actions. We ask that you continue to maintain a military presence in Syria to deter such transgressions and further demonstrate to the world that the United States is still the beacon of hope that continues to guide freedom-loving
people to safety.

Sincerely,

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