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Syrian missile attacks leave locals wanting consistency

Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-14 22:50:59-04

FORT MYERS, Fla., -- Mohamed Al-Darsani says his eyes were glued watching the missile strikes from the United States to Syria Friday night. He was left wondering if his brother, who lived a mile away from the location was still alive.

“We were glued to the TV when the news came out," said Al-Darsani, the Imam, or spiritual leader, at the Islamic Center for Peace in Fort Myers. 

Al-Darsani, a Syrian native and U.S. citizen says he understands why President Donald Trump would launch the attacks in order to stop the chemical attacks by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Trump launched 105 missiles which he tweeted early Saturday was a "mission accomplished." 

For Al-Darsani, however, he says he's seen the United States get involved before and back out. He says he wants to see more consistency. 

 “That cannot be happening with a strike here and there, it has to be consistent effort.”

While he's not a fan of the President, he's happy the country is paying attention to his first home. He wants locals to get more involved by talking to lawmakers about the situation. 

“We have no choice but to involve ourselves. I mean, when you are the only superpower left in the world, you cannot step back and say I have nothing to do with this.” 

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