Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement after President Obama announced the United States would be providing humanitarian aid to threatened populations in northern Iraq.
“I am encouraged that American forces are providing humanitarian relief to threatened populations, including Christians and other religious minorities in northern Iraq. My thoughts and prayers are with our men and women in uniform who are in harm's way tonight carrying out this mission.
“It is important to remember that ISIL threatens not just Iraqis but also the security of the United States and our allies in the region as it consolidates its control of territory that can be used as a base from which to launch attacks.
“That is why I've been urging President Obama since June to conduct airstrikes against ISIL targets and to provide additional lethal assistance and other support to the Iraqi government. A key part of such an effort should be to provide direct humanitarian and military assistance to the Kurds, who face a growing military and humanitarian challenge in northern Iraq as they confront ISIL and also host thousands of refugees from Iraq and Syria who have been forced to flee their homes.
“Without immediate U.S. action, it will not just be innocent Syrians and Iraqis who pay the price of ISIL's rise.”