Risch speaks out on Turkey, Syria in Senate 10-17-19

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, about Turkey’s assault on Kurds in northern Syria.

The Turkey sanctions bill U.S. Sen. Jim Risch is sponsoring would prioritize some Syrian Kurdish refugees, such as ones who worked with the United States in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, for entry into the country, writes Post Register reporter Nathan Brown. The Idaho Republican senator is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act of 2019 has 15 co-sponsors from both parties, including New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the committee’s ranking Democrat.

Risch’s bill is one of several that have been proposed in response to Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria and attacks on Kurdish militias that had helped American forces in their fight against ISIS. Turkey’s invasion came shortly after President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. troops from the area earlier this month.

You can read Brown's full story here at postregister.com, or pick up today's Sunday/Monday edition of the Idaho Press.

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