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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following statement regarding developments in Syria:

“The scene unfolding in Syria today is unacceptable. Turkey must immediately end its military operation, which has already resulted in civilian casualties. This Turkish invasion is a direct threat to our partner, the Syrian Kurds, and will create conditions for ISIS to reassert themselves in the region, while at the same time emboldening Putin, Iran and Assad. I am particularly concerned with security at the facilities holding ISIS detainees and family members, which if compromised, would greatly aid in ISIS’ resurgence and threaten our homeland. Turkey should not take actions that reverse our hard-fought gains against ISIS. I am working with my colleagues in the House to address this dynamic situation in a bipartisan way.”