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Congressman Kinzinger Responds to White House Announcement on U.S. Role in Syria

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Washington, October 7, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Rep. Kinzinger Responds to early morning announcement from White House on decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), founder and co-chair of the Friends of a Free, Stable, and Democratic Syria Caucus in the House, responded to the early morning announcement from the White House that will effectively remove U.S. troops from Syria and abandon allies in the northern region of the country.

“Withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria as Turkey moves forward with their offensive in the northern region is wrong, dangerous, and it means we are abandoning our friends in the region. This is a shortsighted decision with very real and long-lasting implications,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “We’re sending a terrible message to our allies around the world and putting our national security at risk. Furthermore, it’s giving Russia and Iran exactly what they want while emboldening Turkey to take out the Kurds, who have worked alongside our troops to combat terrorism. Without question, a strong U.S. presence in the region is critical to thwarting a resurgence of ISIS. This War on Terror is far from over, it will undoubtedly be a generational fight, and the decision to abandon our allies in Syria is wrong and misguided.”

In December 2018, Congressman Kinzinger sent a letter on behalf of the Syria Caucus urging President Trump to rethink his decision to remove U.S. troops from the region, as it would send a devastating message to our allies around the world and give ISIS a foothold again to lay grounds for terrorist recruiting.

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