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Syrian Native Weighs in on US Missile Launch Attack

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WESLACO – A woman exiled from Syria, who lives in the Rio Grande Valley, said the U.S.’s actions Thursday night were long overdue.

Video released by the military showed nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles were launched by U.S. warships and hit a Syrian airfield Thursday night.

The strike was in response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack against civilians earlier this week.

Suzan Aldairi was exiled along with her family at a young age.

“My father was exiled in 1968 for being in opposition to the exiting regime, and since then we’ve been in exile and living. We cannot go back to Syria. We’re technically blacklisted and it’s an honor for us. Always has been,” she said.

Aldairi said Syria is finally showing the harsh reality of life in a country hidden with so much violence. She said she keeps close communication with relatives.

“Our roots are there. We have family, distant relatives and close relatives and also, you know, we have worked with the revolution from day one and so we are in constant contact with people on the ground,” she said.

Although Aldairi agrees with the response, she wants to see more work done after the airstrikes.

“Last night, we saw for the first time an intervention with military… Is that all it is? A nudge, a small drop in the ocean or are we proceeding further?” she questioned.

The woman called the past six years of chemical warfare a roller coaster for the world.

“We need this to end. It has to end for humanity. This is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. How different is this than the Holocaust?” she said.

Aldairi said she’ll go back to Syria again and bring a different leadership.

“We will when he’s gone. We will build and rebuild the country,” she said.

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