05.04.16

McCaul Led a Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to the Sinai Peninsula

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) today led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to visit the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) North Camp, where hundreds of dedicated U.S. troops are working with other nations as part of a long-standing peacekeeping operation. The delegation focused on the growing presence of ISIS in the Sinai, where the terror group has declared one of its provinces.

Regarding his visit to the Sinai today, Chairman McCaul said: “ISIS may be losing some ground in Syria and Iraq, but globally it is on the march and expanding—especially in North Africa. We need to step up our counterterrorism training and assistance with partners like Egypt and our operations in places like Libya in order to roll back these safe havens. We cannot allow ISIS to develop more launching pads for plots against the West. I pressed this issue with the Egyptians, and I plan to continue to push the Administration to develop a clear strategy for eliminating—not just containing—ISIS’ terror sanctuaries.”

 

The Congressional delegation includes Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Rep. Micheal Pompeo (R-KS), and Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) and is visiting the Middle East and North Africa to assess the spread of Islamist terror and the threats that these brutal groups pose to the homeland.

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