WASHINGTON–Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the liberation of ISIS-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria:
“We have reached a significant milestone in the fight against terrorists. The premature withdrawal of the United States from Iraq in 2011 led, in part, to the rise of ISIS and its control of large territories. The suffering and cruelty that followed shocked the conscience of the civilized world.
“As a result of America’s reengagement, the brave work of our partners, and decisions by the Trump Administration to untie the hands of our military, ISIS no longer controls physical territory.
“The fight against ISIS is not over, however. Its terrorists have spread across the globe, and it continues to try to inspire further acts of violence through the Internet. We must continue to stay engaged with our partners in order to completely defeat the organization and the ideology.”
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