Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) and Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX) issued the following statement on the situation in northern Syria:

“Turkey has legitimate national security concerns following the bombing that led to civilian deaths and injuries in Istanbul earlier this month. However, we are deeply concerned that Turkey’s recent attacks on the Syrian Democratic Forces endanger critical counter-ISIS efforts as ISIS continues its terrorist attacks while seeking to recruit and rebuild. We urge President Erdogan to refrain from any action which would undermine the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s ability to ensure the lasting defeat of this heinous terrorist group or threaten the lives and livelihoods of civilians in Syria.”