Who: David Eubank of Free Burma Rangers with former Congressman Frank R. Wolf, Distinguished Senior Fellow, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
What: Press conference on frontline work in the battle against ISIS
When: Friday, July 7, 2017, 11am
Where: Murrow Room, The National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045
Washington, D.C. (July 6, 2017) – David Eubank, former US Army Ranger and Special Forces officer and founder of the Free Burma Rangers, and Congressman Frank R. Wolf, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, will hold a press conference regarding Eubank’s time spent on the front lines of the battle against ISIS in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq, and to urge the Trump administration to continue help in that region along the following lines. Eubank will also address current issues in Burma.
“In Iraq and Syria the U.S. helps to defeat ISIS and our presence creates a space where people can talk and cooperate together. Iraqis are grateful for increased support from the U.S. The Iraqi Army is the key for a better future for Iraq and the mostly-Shiite Iraqi Army is doing a great job defeating ISIS at great costs and also showing mercy to the Sunni families who have been under ISIS. They told me, ‘Allah wants us to be merciful and if we are not, the people (Sunni), will hate us and the war will never end.’
The U.S. presence in and assistance to Iraq and the Regional Government of Kurdistan in Iraq gives the US the opportunity to help Christians, Jews, Yazidis and other minority populations remain in Iraq and return to their homes from which they’ve been chased by ISIS. In both Iraq and Syria, the U.S. is on the right side and doing a very good job at minimizing civilian casualties. It is in our national security interest to continue this support, which helps relieve immediate pressure from local and national leaders as they begin the crucial efforts to rebuild their country in the wake of the devastating rule of ISIS.”
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