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Cole Statement on Troop Withdrawal in Syria

October 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s policy regarding Syria.

“I am concerned by the president’s decision to swiftly withdraw U.S. troops in Northeast Syria and risk more instability in the region. The Kurdish fighters, also known as Syrian Democratic Forces, have been key allies serving alongside American military units in the fight to defeat ISIS in Syria. This policy is a risky move that will not only undo significant gains but may well invite aggression by other bad actors and terrorists. For the safety of our homeland and security of our allies, we must remain supportive of the Syrian Democratic Forces who have fought alongside us, rather than ceding ground to a dangerous enemy.”