- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rep. Adam Kinzinger said President Trump should approve airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and create a no-fly zone over the war-torn nation to provide cover for ground troops from Middle Eastern countries.

Mr. Kinzinger, Illinois Republican and a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, said the White House does not need to deploy ground forces, but he should send a message that it is not OK to deploy chemical weapons by launching “punishing strikes against the regime.”

“There are not a lot of great options in Syria, and I think everyday that goes by those options become less,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mr. Trump is coming under growing pressure to take action against Mr. Assad following a chemical attack against rebel forces.

Mr. Kinzinger said he is concerned that Syria is becoming a recruiting ground for the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS.

“If you are a 10-year-old kid, your dad was killed by somebody and you see ISIS as the only kind of opponent to Bashar al-Assad, who brutalized your family and you don’t have an education and you don’t have an opportunity, you are going to be recruited,” Mr. Kinzinger said.

“So I’d like to see long-term humanitarian safe zones, a no-fly zone enforced by the United States and its allies, and then ultimately there will need to be a ground force, but it does not need to be American troops because I think the Middle East partners, and they have said it, are willing to do it,” he said.

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