Denham Statement on Situation in Iraq

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement regarding the situation in Iraq:

“The world cannot tolerate the creation of a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East. Nor can we watch as some of the world’s most ancient religious communities are persecuted or destroyed. The Iraqi Christians and other minority groups are in desperate need of our aid, and many Central Valley residents have family members suffering under ISIS’ actions. I support the humanitarian airlift underway in Iraq as well as increased coordination with and support of the Kurdish Peshmerga and other security forces battling ISIS on the ground. We cannot stand idly by and watch as the Iraqi people endure labeling, targeting and ethnic cleansing based on religion. The risks of inaction and the likelihood of genocide are too great.”

Rep. Denham participated in last Saturday’s rally at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco with the local Assyrian community to protest the persecution of Christians in Iraq.