The Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013 also seeks a U.S. plan to identify and secure all Syrian weapons stockpiles, expand sanctions against the Central Bank of Syria, and strengthen U.S. support for “democratically-oriented” opposition groups in Syria.
“In Syria, we have a terrible humanitarian crisis that is strengthening Iran’s influence and giving Islamist terrorists a chance to seize power after Assad is gone,” Mr. Rubio said. “This legislation is a way forward in Syria that is in line with our interests.”
Mr. Casey said the Senate should stand with the people of Syria because the fall of the Assad regime “is not only good for Syria, but will deal a significant blow to Iran and Hezbollah,” the Lebanese militant group.
“The killing and destruction has gone on too long, and we need to renew our efforts to support the Syrian people and opposition,” he added.
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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