08.08.14

Rep. Schiff Statement on President's Authorization of Limited Strikes Against ISIL in Iraq

Washington, DC –Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the House Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement:

“I support the President's authorization of limited actions against ISIL to protect our personnel in Erbil, and the airdrop of humanitarian assistance to save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are stranded on a mountain top and face certain death if they are taken by ISIL. America cannot stand by while our people are threatened by an army of terrorists or a potential genocide unfolds.

“ISIL can and will be stopped, but Iraqis must resolve their political differences in order to do so. We should step up support to our Kurdish allies. If Baghdad does not provide them with the military supplies they need to defend themselves, we should. Likewise, if the Iraqi government does not resume the financial support owed to the Kurds, we should end our resistance to the direct sale of Kurdish oil.”