Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the situation in Iraq:

“Putting U.S. troops back on the ground in Iraq is not an option, but there is a clear humanitarian crisis, with ISIS committing mass murder against Christians, Kurds, and other religious minorities. It is tragic that the President did not act earlier, when I suggested he use armed drones to prevent many of these atrocities. Now it’s a tougher challenge, with limited options such as air strikes, to prevent the slaughter of these innocent people.”