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Washington, DC – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul issued the following statement in response to the tragic attack on U.S. forces in Syria, conducted with an Iranian-origin UAV, which killed an American contractor and wounded five servicemembers and a contractor. Prior to this attack, Iranian proxies had attacked U.S. forces 78 times since the beginning of 2021, yet this administration only responded kinetically three times.

“I strongly condemn the UAV attack on Americans in Northeast Syria and extend my deepest sympathies to those impacted. Our deterrence against Iran is broken, even as Iran is only months from having a nuclear weapon. We need to restore our deterrence against Iran or face further devastating consequences.”