"We will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people." —President Obama on ordering American armed forces to begin targeted airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria
"I believe that we’re strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama on the Congressional authorization to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces so they can take the fight to ISIL
Secretary of State John Kerry announced today the United States is providing nearly $500 million in additional humanitarian aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. This is the largest funding announcement made by the United States in response to the largest appeal the United Nations has ever issued. The UN’s revised Syria appeals, issued in July, requested $6 billion in contributions to mitigate the impacts of a tragedy of historic proportions.
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During his long Foreign Service career, Ambassador Ryan Crocker served as U.S. Ambassador to #Lebanon, #Kuwait, #Syria, #Pakistan, #Iraq, and #Afghanistan. On December 19, 1998, while serving in Syria, protestors breached the embassy compound walls and damaged portions of his residence. The damage included this commission, which is a document that gives a diplomat the authority of his or her government to act in a certain official capacity. This artifact and others will reside at the new US Diplomacy Center. Join us on Wednesday at noon ET to watch #SecKerry and five former Secretaries of State give remarks at the groundbreaking for the new center, live at state.gov.
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Deputy Spokesperson Harf announces the U.S. is taking additional measures to support the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), local communities inside Syria, and members of the moderate, armed opposition.
USAID is working to create space for other fearless women across the country as we support the establishment of democratic processes and institutions in Syria that advance freedom, dignity, and development for all of its people. http://go.usa.gov/kHHC
Hats off to these six Syrian artists who have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records – and given a Damascus primary school something to be proud of. They’ve fashioned the world’s largest mural made from scrap. Why? “Damascus is wounded and sad… and creating something beautiful from rubbish means that we can rebuild despite the destruction.” Read the article, via BuzzFeed: http://uni.cf/1kD8AgZ
As we mark the third anniversary of the Syria crisis on March 15, we urge you to join the movement to save the youth and children of Syria. Spend a few moments today to learn about the #NoLostGeneration initiative and how you can make a difference by visiting http://www.championthechildrenofsyria.org.