Two House lawmakers and battle veterans are driving a bipartisan exertion asking the Justice Department to open an investigation into the part the Syrian administration, drove by President Bashar al-Assad, played in targeting American troops amid the war in Iraq.
In a December 7 letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions – got exclusively by Fox News – Republican Chairman of the Warrior Caucus Steve Russell and Democratic Chairman Seth Moulton asserted that from 2003 to 2009 the Assad administration was “responsible for assisting terrorist groups to cross from Syria and go into Iraq specifically seeking to target American troops resulting in casualties and serious injuries.”
“To this day, American veterans and their families keep on suffering the consequences of the reprehensible actions of these terrorists supported by Bashar al-Assad,” the letter states. “As such, we write to ask the United States Department of Justice to open a case against the Assad administration for its part in these crimes and violations of global law.”
As per Russell and Moulton, U.S. officials – including the knowledge group – have affirmed that the Syrian tyrant was straightforwardly associated with orchestrating the transfer of the two weapons and personnel by Arab and Iranian-supported militias to cross into Iraq from neighboring Syria with the purpose to wound Americans.
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While it is yet to be resolved what number of deaths from the war can be ascribed to the administration, it has been generally estimated that no less than 11 percent – some 500 – U.S. military deaths were at the hands of militias financed by Iran, a close partner of Damascus and kindred neighbor to Iraq.
The letter brought up that in 2003, at that point Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell issued statements cautioning Syria to stop assisting the transportation of terrorist groups and military gear into Iraq, while resigned Army Gen. John M. Keane – now a Fox News senior strategic analyst – also stated that “Syrian insight services encouraged the development of al Qaeda fighters from Damascus air terminal toward the eastern fringe of Syria.”
Moreover, the letter illuminates that in 2009 Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki also forewarned that 90 percent of remote terrorists of various Arab nationalities were penetrating Iraq by means of Syrian domain.
“On the combat zone, we personally encountered the effects of Syria’s contributions to the Iraq insurgency’s development and persistence. Amid this time, Assad gave the basic infrastructure expected to support the replenishment of terrorist fighters and gear,” the letter proceeded. “There is adequate proof that amid the time, the United States lost soldiers and persevered through serious injuries at the hands of Assad supported Arab and Iranian terrorist fighters in Iraq.”
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The lawmakers also guaranteed that even after 2009, the administration kept on working “as one with Iranian upheld militias, Hezbollah’s Iraq subsidiary and other aggressor groups dynamic against U.S. what’s more, Iraqi forces working in close partnership,” and promised that the Assad administration deserved to be “considered responsible for its heinous support of terrorism.”
The DOJ and a representative for Assad did not quickly respond to a request for input with respect to the letter.
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The Syrian government has routinely denied accusations throughout the years that it encouraged the transfer of arms and terrorists amid the result of the U.S.- drove Iraq invasion, and furthermore repelled charges that it harbored terrorists and empowered preparing camps to work in Syrian region.