October 27, 2019

Manchin Statement On The U.S. Special Operations Forces Raid In Syria

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement on the U.S. Special Operations forces raid in Syria and the confirmed death of Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“I want to congratulate the President and his national security team on their efforts towards planning and executing this mission. Today the world is a safer place because of the work of our Special Forces. Last night they completed a raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a known terrorist and Islamic State leader. Our Special Forces are the best of the best and I want to thank them for keeping our country safe every day. This successful raid, with no U.S. casualties, proves what I have said all along, that our intelligence community and military continue to be the best in the world. This operation is a significant win in the fight against ISIS and I’m grateful to our brave servicemembers and intelligence officers who make sacrifices everyday so they can faithfully serve our great nation. This enemy is gone, but we must maintain our vigilance and support the U.S. intelligence and military communities as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism across the world.”