VIDEO: Brooks Addresses 7 Years of Civil War in Syria
WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks seven years of civil war in Syria, where innocent women and children are continuously killed, chemical attacks on civilians are far too frequent and bombings plague the nation and tear families apart. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) made the following remarks today on the House Floor to shed light to the ongoing civil war in Syria:
To watch Brooks’ remarks on the House Floor, click here.
Eastern Ghouta, a suburb outside of Syria’s capital city, Damascus, is home to nearly 400,000 people and has been besieged by the Syrian government since opposition groups took control of the area in mid-2013. The White Helmets group reports that 800 civilians have been killed in the past 2 weeks as the Assad regime continues to pound the rebel-held area, despite the ongoing humanitarian ceasefire. The ongoing tragedy in Eastern Ghouta is just the most recent of horrific events perpetrated by the Assad regime and their Iranian backed militia.
Entering its seventh year, the civil war in Syria has killed almost half a million Syrian civilians, injured more than a million and has displaced over 11 million Syrian civilians. Over 13 million civilians desperately need humanitarian assistance within Syria.
Brooks is a member of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus. Brooks also recently signed onto as a co-sponsor of a number of bills that work to protect the civilians who are suffering due to the ongoing conflict in Syria as well as reduce Iran’s extremist and terrorist activities in the region.
- H.R.1677, Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017: Works to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated political settlement, and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes. This bill passed the House on May 17, 2017.
- H.R. 4681, the No Assistance for Assad Act of 2017: Prohibits American reconstruction money from going to Assad controlled territories with the exception of humanitarian aid.
- H.R.3364, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act: Implements sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea to address the country’s ballistic missile program, arms embargo violations, human rights abuses and support of terrorism. This bill was signed into law on August 2, 2017.
- H.R.566, Terror-Free Skies Act: Works to curb Iran’s use of commercial airlines for military and terrorist activities.
- H.R.1698, Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act: Imposes additional sanctions on entities and individuals supporting Iran’s development of ballistic missiles.
- H.R.4012, National Intelligence Estimate on Iranian Proxy Forces Act: Works to prevent Iranian power and influence in Syria and Lebanon by curbing Hezbollah’s activity in the region.