By Medha Imam

WASHINGTON— Syrian advocacy groups urged congressional leaders Thursday to implement strategic policies to strengthen the fight against ISIS and associated extremist groups.

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria met with congressional officials to push for “air exclusion zones” and increased arms assistance to moderate Syrian rebels.

Participants of “Advocate for Syria” Day also called for the expansion of humanitarian aid for refugees. According to the United Nations, an estimated 10 million people have been displaced since the start of the civil war.