U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, today urged the President to train and arm the Free Syrian Army in the fight against the Assad government.  Hunter made the following statement immediately upon departing the border of Syria and Jordan:

“In the event Assad is removed, it’s important that American alliances are capable of influencing events in Syria.  Our friends in the region, among them the King of Jordan, who have shown resistance to Islamic extremism, along with our own military and intelligence agencies, have assured me that we can effectively vet and validate opposition groups with the intent of providing arms and training to defeat the Assad regime.  If America is to have any immediate role in the removal of Assad, training and arming the opposition should be the extent of U.S. involvement, which is sufficient to show America’s solidarity with friends in the region.”