Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
“I commend our outstanding military service-members and the intelligence community on their success in working with our regional allies to complete this operation with bravery and professionalism.
“While the death of al-Baghdadi represents a blow to ISIS, there is no doubt that ISIS is still a threat. President Trump’s recent decisions, including abandoning our allies and green-lighting Turkey’s aggression in Northern Syria, have strengthened the positions of many of our enemies, including ISIS. The President’s actions resulted in the escape of potentially hundreds of ISIS prisoners in the region, bolstering the organization’s ability to re-group and retaliate.
“Congressional Leadership must be fully briefed and included in the formulation of an effective and strategic plan to defeat ISIS and the threat it poses to America and our allies.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.