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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Congressman LaHood Reacts to U.S. Strikes on Syria

April 7, 2017
Press Release

PEORIA, IL—Congressman Darin LaHood released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. cruise missile strikes on a government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria last night.

“As the world witnessed earlier this week, Bashar al-Assad murdered many innocent men, women, and children in a vicious chemical weapons attack. Assad is a barbaric and ruthless dictator who must be held accountable. The swift retaliation orchestrated last night by the President and our armed forces sent a clear message that criminal acts against humanity will not be tolerated. I believe this action was right and just. The tactical strikes carried out by our military targeted the very air base that launched the chemical weapons earlier this week. I applaud our military’s response in standing up against the atrocities of the Assad regime and I will continue working with the administration as they further engage with Congress on the situation in Syria.”