Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Rep. Brooks supports efforts to sanction Turkey

Oct 16, 2019
In The News

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.-05) joined over 90 of her Republican colleagues in the U.S. House to introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey in response to Ankara’s military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria.

Brooks urged President Trump to immediately reconsider his decision to remove troops from Northeastern Syria because this move threatens our national security and provides terrorists opportunities to plan and launch attacks.

“Withdrawing our troops in Northeastern Syria is proving to be destructive for the region and has left our Kurdish allies unacceptably vulnerable to Turkey’s hostile invasion in Syria,” said Brooks. “Our Kurdish allies need our support now more than ever to stop the growing strength of terrorist organizations, specifically ISIS, because ISIS detainees are escaping and posing a major threat to our homeland and world. I’m proud to join this bipartisan, bicameral effort to recommit to protecting our allies, establishing peace in Syria and preserving our national security.”

Background

This move follows similar efforts led by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

This legislation implements sanctions on Turkey and all countries that sell weapons or offer any assistance to Turkey over its invasion into northern Syria after President Trump withdrew U.S. forces from that area.

Brooks is a member of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus to advance efforts to bring justice and accountability to the Syrian people.

Click here to read the full text of the legislation.