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Smith Statement on U.S. Strikes in Syria

SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after United States Central Command announced that U.S. military forces had conducted precision strikes in eastern Syria. 

“By ordering this self-defense operation, President Biden acted to protect American troops and the American people in accordance with his Article II authorities and duties as Commander in Chief. These strikes demonstrate that the United States can and will meet counterterrorism challenges around the world, and that professionals across our national security institutions will do what is necessary, proportionate, and precise to protect U.S. military personnel serving in dangerous circumstances while preventing harm to civilians and avoiding unnecessary escalation.” 



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