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Hurd: Security in Syria Impossible With Assad in Charge

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By    |   Monday, 10 Apr 2017 12:10 PM

As long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in office, there can be no stability in Syria, Rep. Will Hurd, a former undercover CIA officer with experience serving in the Middle East, insisted Monday.

"I have said that for a long time," the Texas Republican told CNN's "New Day" program. "You can't have stability in Syria with Assad in power. Assad is the one reason why we have a refugee problem. Assad is the reason that a civil war started, which created a vacuum allowing ISIS to come in."

The Islamic State, said Hurd, is an "immediate threat" to the United States, but in order to stop the terrorists, "you have to have Assad go as well, so I do believe there needs to be more conversations about what does Syria look like post-Assad?

"What does Syria look like once the rebels take back Raqqah?" said Hurd. "These are conversations that the executive branch and Congress should be having conversations on. I also believe that the strikes of last week, the 59 tomahawk missile strikes in Syria, was the right move to show this is a new day, and that consecutive strikes are on the table."

The situation and strategy for Syria is evolving daily, said Hurd, and he believes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, when speaking with Russian officials later this week, will discuss the matter of Russia's support of Assad and his use of chemical weapons last week.

"They are complicit," said Hurd. "They are supposed to be responsible for getting rid of the chemical weapons. Obviously, that didn't happen."

Hurd also discussed the move of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson strike group from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula on Saturday, noting the battle carrier group has been in that region before.

"[North Korean President] Kim Jong-un has the ability to kill hundreds of thousands of people right now in South Korea with the push of a button," said Hurd. "He'll stop at nothing to have an intercontinental ballistic missile. They likely have the capability of putting a nuclear warhead on top of that, meaning in less than 12 minutes, he could kill 12 million people."

The United States needs to ask itself what will happen when North Korea tests its weapons.

"Are we going to try to shoot that ICBM down?" said Hurd. "Are we going to let the test go on unimpeded ... This is a real opportunity for the U.S. and China to have true security cooperation when it comes to North Korea."

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As long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in office, there can be no stability in Syria, Rep. Will Hurd, a former undercover CIA officer with experience serving in the Middle East, insisted Monday.
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