Rep. Sinema part of US delegation to Afghanistan - New York News

Rep. Sinema part of US delegation to Afghanistan

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PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was part of a bipartisan congressional delegation that made a 3-day visit to Afghanistan this week.

The Arizona Democrat's office says the delegation went to Afghanistan to see the drawdown of the American military presence and the transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces.

According to Sinema's office, she met with military personnel as well as civilian Afghan government officials.

The delegation was in Afghanistan on Tuesday through Thursday.

Statement by Kyrsten Sinema on Syria

"I'm deeply troubled by reports concerning the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.  These continuing acts of violence demand attention from the world community.

"Like many Americans, I await specific information detailing what potential action the administration is considering.  I intend to evaluate whether any proposed action will protect and advance American goals and interests once I have been briefed by national security officials.
 
"The international community supports the Syrian people's aspirations for freedom, democracy and dignity.  However, I have serious concerns that greater involvement - such as a military strike - may force the United States into a larger military role, putting our servicemembers in harm's way.  Given the limited information that has been provided thus far, I believe there is no guarantee that such risk will produce a positive outcome for the safety and security of our country.

"The President and the administration should provide a classified briefing to all members of Congress, not just key officials, and I expect such an update to allow time for questions and detailed answers.  My colleagues and I require the facts in order to develop informed opinions about the best course of action ahead, and the American people expect their elected representatives to have all the available information when considering issues of this magnitude."

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