Friday, January 3, 2020 __Washington D.C. __
Congressman Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) issued the
following statement today in response to U.S. military action that resulted in
the death of Qassem Soleimani:
“At the direction of the President, the U.S.
military launched an airstrike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, a brutal
terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service members
and thousands of civilians in Iraq, Syria, and across the Middle East.
Soleimani ran Iran's terrorist Quds Force for over a decade and orchestrated
countless terror attacks, including the attack on the American Embassy in
Baghdad earlier this week. He actively developed plans to attack American
diplomats and service members throughout the region and was a key architect of
the covert operations central to Iran’s strategy to destabilize its neighbors.”
“This decisive defensive action sends a message
that the United States will not tolerate terror or further Iranian aggression.
The government of Iran is a leading sponsor of terrorism worldwide, and we must
proceed cautiously while remaining resolute in protecting our country and
Proudly serving California’s 8th
Paul Cook is a member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services
Committees, Congressman Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26
years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was
awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.