In Bashar al-Assad, Syria, USA

By Al Mayadeen English,
15 February, 2024,

US Capitol building at dusk. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

The legislation passed by the US House of Representatives prohibits the United States from normalizing relations with the Syrian government as long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power.

House lawmakers approved the ‘Assad Regime Anti-Normalization Act’ on Wednesday with a vote of 389-32.

The bill sets a US policy that it will not recognize or normalize relations with any government led by al-Assad, citing alleged crimes against the Syrian people. Additionally, it establishes a policy of actively opposing recognition or normalization of relations by other governments.

The legislation prohibits federal officials and funds from being used to imply ‘in any manner’ US recognition of a government led by Assad in Syria.

Furthermore, the bill mandates that the US Secretary of State, in collaboration with other administration officials, must submit a report to lawmakers detailing actions taken by foreign countries to normalize or enhance ties with the Syrian government.

Earlier this month, Unidentified air strikes targeted military sites near Ain Ali, south of the city of Al Mayadin in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, Syria, sources told Al Mayadeen on February 3rd.

The sources later identified the airstrikes as American, saying they bombed the Deir Ezzor airport in the country’s east.

Sources told Al Mayadeen that three members of the auxiliary forces to the Syrian Arab Army were martyred as a result of the raids.

Meanwhile, ABC News reported that US military strikes kicked off in Syria in response to the fatal operation in Jordan, which killed three US soldiers and was said to have been carried out by the Iraqi Resistance.

CENTCOM revealed that US forces struck more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria with numerous aircraft, including long-range bombers that were said to have taken off from the United States.


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