More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of U.S. policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war ceasefire.
The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers involved with advising on Syria policy.
The cable calls for “targeted military strikes” against the Syrian government in light of the near-collapse of the ceasefire brokered earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing copies of the cable it had seen.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that the memo was an “important statement” that he would discuss when he returned to Washington.
“It’s an important statement and I respect the process, very, very much. I will...have a chance to meet with people when I get back,” Kerry told Reuters during a visit in Copenhagen.
He said he had not seen the memo.