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June 28, 2021

Inhofe Statement on Defensive Airstrikes in Iraq-Syria Border Region

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today regarding last night's defensive airstrikes against Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region:

"Iran’s persistent attacks on American personnel via its proxies cannot be tolerated. While I commend President Biden’s defensive strike on the proxies’ facilities in Syria and Iraq, I believe these actions are overdue and highlight the continued need for the 2002 AUMF, or — at a minimum — the need for a comprehensive replacement before a repeal can be considered, especially given that Iranian-backed militias in Iraq are an ongoing threat to American troops.

"Furthermore, rather than consistently holding Iran accountable for its terrorism, the administration is desperately working to lift sanctions on Iran and return to the failed Iran nuclear deal, which will financially enrich Iran and the very proxies that are targeting Americans for murder. We need a more focused and clear approach on Iran from President Biden — not one that occasionally responds to its threats, but too often seeks to appease it."

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