Ros-Lehtinen Statement Regarding Missile Attack on Camp Liberty

Ros-Lehtinen Statement Regarding Missile Attack on Camp Liberty

Published by on October 31, 2015

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today regarding reports of a missile attack on Camp Liberty.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I am deeply troubled by reports that Camp Liberty residents have come under missile attack tonight and that there may be two dozen or more killed. If true, this brutal and unprovoked attack represents a failure by the Iraqi government to honor its obligations to protect the residents at Liberty and must be condemned. Secretary Kerry and the State Department must call for an immediate and impartial investigation into this act of terror, work to bring the perpetrators to justice, and do more to ensure the security of Camp Liberty.”

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