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Congressman Issa Returns from Congressional Delegation To Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait

Press Release
Oct 19, 2017

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, returned from visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait as part of a Congressional Delegation mission (CODEL) to the Middle East this week. 

The trip was an opportunity to receive first-hand updates on the fight against ISIS and radical extremist groups, meet with high-level government and military officials on the front-line of our national security, and to visit the brave men and women serving abroad as part of the US Armed Services. 

In the final stop of his trip, Congressman Issa met with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas A. Silliman, the Commanding General of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, Lieutenant General Paul E. Funk, and other mission leaders at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The Congressman also enjoyed breakfast and lunch with Marines from Camp Pendleton and Twenty-Nine Palms in California that are serving with the Marine Corps Embassy Security Detachment and received briefings on military operations, the diplomatic mission and efforts to stabilize Iraq.

Information on his stops in Afghanistan and Kuwait are available here and here. Photos from the trip are available the press below and a statement from the Congressman follows.


High Rez and Additional Photos Available Here

Congressman Issa said: "I'm grateful for the opportunity to see up-close the challenges our military faces and hear directly from the forces on the front lines of our fight against ISIS. We must stay vigilant as the threats from these groups continue to evolve and ensure our forces and allies in the area have all they need to succeed. Most of all, however, I was honored to spend time with the brave men and women serving from Camp Pendelton and soldiers from my district in San Diego and Orange Counties. The sacrifices they make to protect our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy every day are tremendous and deserve our heartfelt gratitude. I look forward to using the valuable insight gained from this trip as we continue advancing the policies we need to fight terror and keep our nation safe."


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