Kinzinger returns from trip to Middle East

By Aaron Martin
Kinzinger returns from trip to Middle East
Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) recently returned from a trip to the Middle East where he met with members of the Free Syrian Army, the Syria Transition Assistance Response Team and the Kurdish Regional Government.
Kinzinger, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, first met in Turkey with members of the Free Syrian Army on his trip.
“In these meetings, I was honored to facilitate negotiations between the Free Syrian Army and the Christian Syriac Military Council,” Kinzinger said. “These two groups have been fighting ISIS independently, and now, they’re united as both Muslims and Christians against this terrorist group masquerading as a religious cause. Unfortunately, though they have come together, the groups still lack the resources that ISIS has. That’s where U.S. comes in. They need our help to destroy ISIS.”

Kinzinger also met with the Syrian Transition Assistance Response Team and the Syrian Opposition Coalition. Both groups are working toward a free, democratic and secular government in Syria. The groups also help victims of the Assad regime’s policies.

“We keep hearing on the news about the terrible things that ISIS and the Assad regime are doing,” Kinzinger said. “In reality, the situation is worse than I had ever imagined. These innocent people have gone from living peacefully in Syria and Iraq to living in tents in a refugee camp. And they are the lucky ones. I met a 13-year-old girl taking care of her disabled 5-year-old brother because both of their parents were killed by ISIS. At the end of the day, these are the people we must fight for: the innocent civilians being brutally and unfairly attacked. We must fight for them and so that this brutality never reaches our own soil. We must rid the world not only of terrorism, but of the humanitarian crisis crippling the region.”

Kinzinger also met with members of the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq.

“Their army, called the peshmerga, has been helping American efforts in Iraq for years,” Kinzinger said. “They know the region better than anyone, and meeting with their leaders confirmed what I’ve known for a while now: the Kurds are our friends, and we need their help.”