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Rohrabacher Introduces Legislation to Assist Kurds in ISIL Fight

Sep 19, 2014

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Friday introduced legislation to boost the ability of Kurdistan to fight Islamist terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

The California Republican, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, announced he has authored a two-part legislative effort to back Kurdish forces now battling the ultra-violent jihadist forces who threaten their homeland. 

“The ISIL nightmare, which in addition to the filmed beheading of two American journalists has presented us with the slaughter, mutilation, and even crucifixions of countless indigenous people, including Christians, must be defeated and destroyed as quickly as possible,” said Rohrabacher. “That will require arming the Kurds post haste.”

The first bill expresses a sense of the House of Representatives that it supports the intention of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to hold a referendum on independence.  A successful referendum, according to the congressman’s initiative, would be honored by the United States, which would recognize Kurdistan as “an independent and sovereign country.”

Rohrabacher also introduced legislation to enable Kurdistan to sell its crude oil more freely and to send arms to its regional government, thereby bypassing Baghdad’s bureaucracy.

“Unfortunately,” said Rohrabacher, “working with the pro-mullah government in Iraq has impeded the necessary flow of arms and other military provisions to those who can use them most effectively. We must work directly with the Kurds to get the job done.

“The Kurds’ courage and friendship with the United States of America should be reciprocated. Let the message go out that we are and will be loyal to our friends, and the Kurds are our proven friends.”