Hartzler: Withdrawing from Syria a mistake


Date: Oct. 7, 2019
Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) released the following statement regarding the White House's decision to withdraw troops from Syria:

"The decision to abruptly pull troops out of Syria is a mistake. Leaving the region will mean abandoning the Kurds who have been fiercely loyal allies as we've moved to eliminate ISIS and stabilize the region. Withdrawing from Syria before establishing stability with Turkey will not only create uncertainty for the region, but will create a power vacuum that will jeopardize the gains we've made.

"We cannot allow those who have fought by our side to be left alone at a time when bad state actors like Russia and Iran are looking to increase their sphere of influence across the Middle East. I'm concerned about the precedent that would be set by caving to Turkey who has increasingly taken actions contrary to the best interests of the United States.

"I urge the White House to reconsider this decision", Hartzler said.