MAPLE GROVE, Minn -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Tuesday to authorize military action in Syria by a vote of 10-7 setting the stage for a debate in the full US Senate.
For Hussam Killesly of Maple Grove, the vote in Washington is personal.
"I feel sad about what's going on there. I feel sad about destroying the country," says Killesly.
Killesly moved from Syria to the United States to become a dentist and settled in Minnesota in 2001.
He used to return to Syria every year with his wife and young children but hasn't been back since 2011, when the violence intensified and he began protesting against the Assad regime.
At a recent rally in Washington, DC, Killesly noticed Syrian embassy workers taking pictures of him.
"My name is maybe in the border now with the security of the regime so they may take me as a hostage when I go there," says Killesly.
His parents and much of his family still live in Syria and while seeing his country bombed by the US would be difficult, he feels it's necessary to remove Assad from power.
"I'm for striking the regime but until they finish the regime and take them out of control," says Killesly.
Anything less or more limited, he says, will only result in continued attacks on the people and more bloodshed.
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