Bay Area Syrians Hoping United States Take Swift Action

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    NBC Bay Area spoke to the Syrian American Council to get its take on latest developments regarding the killings in Syria. (Published Friday, Aug 30, 2013)

    President Barack Obama has said he will not send troops into Syria after it was believed chemical weapons were used to kill more than 1,400 Syrians.

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday said the United States has "high confidence" that Syrian President Basha al-Assad had launched the chemical attack.

    NBC Bay Area spoke to the Syrian American Council to get its take on latest developments.

    Feras Alhlou serves as the president of the Northern California chapter of the Syrian American Council. He said his sister and father recently fled Syria in fear and that other relatives have died.

    "My wife's uncle was shot dead in a government sniper attack," Alhlou said.

    He hopes the United States will take swift action.

    "Nobody is asking for American boots on the ground," Alhlou said. "We just want the U.S. to disable his use of chemical weapons. That is what we are asking for."

    And if no action is taken?

    The senseless killings will continue and we will see more innocent men, women and children die, Alhlou said.

    View more in Marianne Favro's video report above.