Nebraska, Iowa lawmakers react to killing of al-Qaida leader
Below are responses issued by Nebraska and Iowa lawmakers.
“I am pleased the strike against al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was successful. He was a horrific murderer who plotted numerous attacks against the United States.
The strike emphasizes the importance of maintaining our capacity to conduct counterterrorism operations around the world. We must stay vigilant about the threats our nation faces. I will continue to advocate that the national security community has the resources it needs to keep up the fight against al-Qaeda, ISIS-K, and any other militant group that wishes to do us harm.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told Gray DC that the killing of al-Zawahiri a “moral victory” but also criticized Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan saying it would be easier to fight terrorists from bases closer to their operations.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is herself a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and Iowa Army National Guard. She also serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“Al-Zawahiri led al-Qaeda for over a decade and has the blood of far too many U.S. servicemembers and innocent civilians on his hands. I commend the dedicated planning and execution of this successful mission. When allowed to do their jobs, we have the most advanced and lethal military and covert operations forces in the world.
Our charge to protect the United States requires an enduring commitment and clear strategy to monitor, contain, and ultimately, eliminate threats – like this terrorist – to our homeland.”
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