U.S. policy on Syria under fire on Capitol Hill

(CBS News) Israel's latest raid into Syria is perhaps another example of how the country's civil war could turn into a regional conflict. Israeli warplanes attacked two bases inside Syria Thursday. The military action comes as U.S. allies in the Middle East warn that the Syrian conflict is spilling over.

Israeli airstrikes target Syria military bases

The Israeli strikes hit two sites -- one near the capitol of Damascus and another around the port city of Latakia, CBS News' Margaret Brennan reported on "CBS This Morning." They targeted missiles reportedly headed to Hezbollah fighters aligned with the Syrian regime. The Israelis vowed to prevent any weapons transfer to the terror group. It is at least the second Israeli military intervention this year.

At a hearing in Washington, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, got an earful from Republicans about the continuing instability in the country that's led to the Israeli strikes. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the Obama administration broke its promise to support the rebels.

"Do you feel good about what our country is doing with the opposition right now?" Corker asked.

"There isn't a person on my team that doesn't feel frustrated, frustrated by the Syrian problem in general," Ford said.

Ford said the rebels were "anguished" by the U.S. decision not to carry out its own missile strikes. However, he argued the U.S. is helping and pointed to a recent delivery of 10 Toyota pickup trucks to the rebels.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that wouldn't help them win. "Trucks," he said. "That's a great thing, trucks. As shiploads of weapons come into the Russian port, as plane load after plane load land and provide all kinds of lethal weapons, and we're proud of the fact that we gave them trucks."

As members of both parties criticized the policy, a human rights group reported Thursday that the death toll reached 120,000 people. Ford said, "Can I say that our efforts to create a political solution or to contain the civil war are a success? No."

U.S. inaction has angered a number of U.S. allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Secretary of State John Kerry travels there next week to reassure them that the U.S. is trying to stop the killing and is pushing for peace talks to begin this month.

Watch Margaret Brennan's full report above.

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