Over 50 employees of the US state Department dealing with various issues of Syrian policy, signed a petition expressing disagreement with the White house position on Syria, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing a copy of a message received by internal diplomatic channels of the state Department.
As notes the edition, employees of the state Department calling for “targeted military strikes” against the Syrian government on the background close to the collapse of the ceasefire.
The state Department confirmed the existence of this claim, but declined to comment on its content, as long as it did not read the manual.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the state Department, said that the regulations of the State Department expressly prohibit retaliation against any employee who expresses their disagreement, using a special channel.
However, according to former state Department official, quoted by the WSJ, the fact that so many employees has an alternative perspective on Syria, “brings inconvenience to the administration of the President.”
State Department officials in his report draw attention to the fact that the U.S. is losing potential allies among the majority Sunni population of Syria in the fight against the Sunni extremist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), while their “continues to bomb” Assad and his Alawite entourage.
“The failure to stop egregious abuses of Assad will only strengthen the ideological appeal of groups such as ISIL, despite the fact that they suffer tactical setbacks on the battlefield,” — warn representatives of the state Department.
Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies have not taken seriously the cease-fire, say diplomats, offering US to take a more confident military stance and to provide transitional government in Damascus.
They also encourage US to change course and to create more robust partnerships with the moderate rebels to fight against ISIL and against the Assad government.