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Sep 2, 2013 12:21 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Syrian UA student reacts to possible strike

TUCSON - A Syrian who is studying at the University of Arizona believes a United States strike is necessary to remove Bashar al-Assad from power.

The man did not want to be identified because he fears for his family back home. He has been in the U.S. more than 2 years and plans on returning when he is finished with his courses.

"It's going to stop," he said. "And I have to go back and do something to rebuild the country."

He does not think peace is possible with the current dictator in power.

"He can't be. He shouldn't be. He must not be," he said, "because he has killed so many people in the country."

He is suspicious about an American attack but says it is the only way the rebels can win.

"You will not feel happy that your country will be targeted. But of course, what's going on has to stop," he said. "This is a humanitarian issue. There are people that need their help."

President Barack Obama is asking Congress to approve a strike.

Rep. Ron Barber's district covers much of Tucson and all of Cochise County. He would not say where he is leaning on the vote.

"I've got some hard questions to ask," Barber said. "Because we can't go into this lightly. Whatever we do can have consequences far beyond Syria. We need to make a decision that's smart, and it's in the best interests of the United States."

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