Washington D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement regarding the death of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the terrorist organization known as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force.
“Over the last month, an Iran-backed terrorist organization attacked American bases in Iraq, killing one American and wounding several others. President Trump responded appropriately by striking known terrorist bases in Iraq and Syria. Iran chose to escalate this situation further by using proxy groups, terrorists, and militias to attack our embassy in Baghdad. In a display of resolve and strength, we struck the leader of those attacking our sovereign U.S. territories.
“Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist. He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers and thousands of innocent Syrian civilians. He funneled weapons into Iraq, used to attack our service members. He smuggled weapons into Yemen to continue a civil war and has worked tirelessly to help prop up the Assad Regime as it killed its own people.
“Today’s confirmation is not only a statement to those seeking to attack America, but it also marks the stark difference between this administration and previous ones. We will not let attacks that kill Americans go unpunished.“