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U.S. military reponse possible, First Coast Syrian community on edge

6:14 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Turmoil in Syria, with chemical weapons being used to kill innocent people including children, has the local Syrian community on edge.

The United States is considering the use of military force to help control internal warfare in the Middle Eastern country.

"A lot of innocent people are being killed that have nothing to do with supporting any side or any president or any group, nothing," said Dena Yazji, who attends the University of North Florida.

The Jacksonville native with Syrian roots said her family is in constant contact with family who live near Damascus, one area caught up the internal conflict.

A recent attack involving chemical weapons killed more than 1,300 people.

Nancy Soderberg, who is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UNF, said stability in the Middle East is in the balance.

"There is no military solution here, so we need to the third track, negotiation. I think you will have a big push in diplomacy there," said Soderberg, who was a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

"The tricky part there is Russia. They are on the wrong side of history on this issue, still supporting the regime," said Soderberg.

Yazji doesn't believe military or international intervention is the answer.

"We don't want World War III," said the senior at UNF. "We just hope Syrian people can find a solution on their own and not have other countries involved."

First Coast News

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