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Risch, Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Statement on Threatened Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement in reaction to the threatened Turkish incursion into Northern Syria:

“We are extremely concerned about continued threats by Turkey to begin another military incursion into northern Syria. Previous Turkish incursions have disrupted counter-ISIS operations by U.S. and partner forces and exacerbated Syria’s dire humanitarian crisis. Another Turkish incursion would have the same disastrous results, including displacing countless vulnerable Syrians. We strongly urge the Turkish government and associated forces to refrain from any military operation so the focus in northern Syria can remain on ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS and that further humanitarian disaster is avoided.”