Following President Obama's authorization of limited airstrikes and emergency assistance missions in Iraq, the United States targeted an Islamic State mobile artillery piece near Irbil, Iraq early this morning.
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, had these comments as he continued to monitor the deteriorating situation in Iraq:
"President Obama's announced and precipitous withdrawal of American forces created the vacuum and opportunity for terrorist resurgence in Iraq, including the emergence of the barbaric and highly organized forces of the Islamic State. As a result, 200,000 Christians and Yazidis are threatened with imminent genocide.
"President Obama ignored the realities of a dangerous world and the potential for terrorists to use the oil-rich resources of Iraq as a base for terrorist activities against the United States and Europe.
"Now, America must act to prevent genocide, protect American officials in Iraq, and halt ISIS as they expand their safe haven for terrorists dedicated to our destruction. I support the President's use of targeted airstrikes and urge him to act decisively to support the Iraqi army in defense of their country and to bring stability to the region.
"Suzanne and I have the proud men and women selflessly serving and defending America in our thoughts and prayers, as well as the courageous Christians and others in Iraq facing martyrdom at the hands of jihadists."