NH Congressional Delegation Reacts to Iran’s Missile Attack on U.S. Forces

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U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster, D-NH

Editor’s note: This story will be updated when U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas releases or posts a statement on his website.

Kuster Statement on Iran’s Missile Attack on U.S. Forces in Iraq & Briefing from Administration Officials

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Iranian attack on U.S. forces stationed in Iraq last night and the briefing administration officials provided to Congress:

“The events over the past 24 hours have been deeply troubling. I strongly condemn Iran’s ballistic missile attack targeting U.S. forces in Iraq last night, and I am relieved that no American or allied forces were harmed. Now is the time to pause and take a step back to engage diplomacy and re-open constructive discussions that will de-escalate tensions in the region. We also must prepare to defend Americans at home and abroad from terror and cyber-attacks. I am glad to see that President Trump appears to be stepping back from further military attacks in the region. I sincerely hope that he will listen to the defense and intelligence analysis of risks to American interests and that he will prioritize the safety of our troops and Americans at home and around the world.”

“This afternoon, we were briefed by administration officials on the classified intelligence that prompted President Trump to order the Baghdad attack that killed General Soleimani. What I heard raises more questions than answers. I am deeply concerned that the consequences of his action may make Americans at home and abroad less safe in the coming months. The administration must provide Congress and the American people with their stated objective and strategic plans going forward for the 15,000 troops that have now been deployed to the region.”

Sen. Hassan Statement on Iranian Ballistic Missile Attacks in Iraq

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after today’s address from President Trump regarding the Iranian ballistic missile attacks in Iraq last night:

“I join all Americans in denouncing Iran’s ballistic missile attacks targeting U.S. troops stationed in Iraq, and am relieved that no Americans were harmed. I’m encouraged that President Trump spoke of reducing military tensions, however, it remains a very dangerous and volatile situation, and it is critical that the Administration continues working to de-escalate the conflict while protecting U.S. military and diplomatic personnel overseas. The Administration needs to brief and consult with Congress, and provide answers about its long-term strategy regarding Iran.”

Shaheen Statement Following Iran’s Attacks on Bases Housing U.S. Personnel in Iraq

JANUARY 07, 2020

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after Iran launched ballistic missile attacks on Iraqi military installations housing U.S troops:  

“Tonight my thoughts are with our military men and women in uniform in Iraq and throughout the Middle East,” said Shaheen. “I continue to urge the Trump administration to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of our service members and diplomats in the region. I strongly condemn the use of ballistic missiles by Iran. Iran and the Trump administration must engage in diplomacy to de-escalate the situation. We do not yet know the full extent of the damage done and response by Iran. I expect the administration to fully brief Congress on what we know and what the next steps are. I remain adamant that war is not in America’s or Iran’s interest.” 

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