Peters Statement on ISIS and Operation in Syria

DETROIT, MIU.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a former Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following the President’s announcement that the U.S. military operation in Syria killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:

“I join the President and my colleagues in commending our intelligence community as well as military and servicemembers that carried out this significant operation. This is an important reminder that while terrorists intent on doing us harm may run and hide, the U.S. will never relent.

“But we must remain vigilant:  as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee I’ve heard from our military leaders that ISIS is not eliminated. In fact, more than 100 ISIS prisoners escaped in Syria recently, as a result of the President’s decision and ISIS could still regroup. We need a comprehensive strategy against these violent extremists and terrorists that continue to pose a threat to our national security.”