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Execution of Syrian blogger and activist Bassel Khartabil
August 4, 2017

Press Statement
Heather Nauert,
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
August 3, 2017

The United States is deeply saddened by reports of the execution of Syrian blogger and activist Bassel Khartabil by the Syrian regime. We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.

The United States expresses its outrage over the repeated acts of brutality, including torture, and extra-judicial executions, conducted by the Syrian regime. The Assad regime bears responsibility for the widespread suffering, death, and destruction it has inflicted on its own citizens.

Every day, courageous individuals work to recover from the devastation the Syrian regime has wrought, and the United States will continue to stand with them as Syrians work towards a negotiated political settlement that brings an end to the conflict.