McCaul Statement on President’s Authorization of Airstrikes in Iraq

Aug 8, 2014 Issues: Counterterrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of humanitarian aid to Iraqi civilians and authorization of airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.

Chairman McCaul: “The current crisis in Iraq is symptomatic of this Administration’s willingness to defy the reality that terrorism is metastasizing throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. Over the past year, the White House has been continually warned about the growing threat of this terrorist organization that is too extreme for al Qaeda. Now, ISIS has created the largest terrorist safe haven since 9/11, massacring civilians along the way, and poses a threat to the United States. I support targeted airstrikes, which will assist Iraq’s Christian and Yazidi minorities currently being terrorized by ISIS, provide greater stability in Iraq and protect the homeland. However, more must be done to stop ISIS’s continued advances and targeted military strikes should be expanded to wherever these terrorists are training and fighting. Furthermore, political reconciliation between all parties in Iraq is needed to stop ISIS and resolve this crisis.”

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