“Caesar,” in a hooded jacket, tells the committee he witnessed a “genocidal massacre.”
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Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he witnessed.Before defecting from Syria last year, he smuggled out 55,000 photos showing more than 10,000 bodies.No audio or video recordings were permitted in the hearing, as Republicans and Democrats alike took the opportunity to question Caesar about what he saw and call on the Obama administration to adopt a more forceful policy to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.The hearing occurred as Congress continued to weigh action by President Barack Obama to significantly expand U.S. training and arming of Syria's rebels.Some Democrats and libertarian-leaning Republicans in both chambers are worried about the U.S. being drawn deeper into another conflict in the Middle East, while hawks have criticized the administration for doing too little, too late.
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