Subcommittee Announces Hearing on Trump Administration’s Withdrawal from Syria

Oct 21, 2019
Press Release

Washington D.C. (Oct. 21, 2019)—On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, will hold a hearing on President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. military forces from Syria. 

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

TIME: 2:00 p.m. EST

A livestream of the hearing will be available here.

PURPOSE

The hearing will examine President Trump’s decision to remove U.S. forces from Syria and the resulting consequences for U.S. national security.  The hearing will also address the humanitarian crisis resulting from Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.

BACKGROUND

On October 6, 2019, after speaking with Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Trump announced that a Turkish incursion into northeast Syria was imminent and that U.S. forces would not be involved in that operation. Shortly thereafter, Turkey launched an operation into northern Syria to clear Kurdish forces from its southern border. On October 13, Secretary of Defense Esper announced that President Trump had ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria.

WITNESSES

Bernice Romero
Senior Director, International Humanitarian Response
Save the Children

Ilham Ahmed, Accompanied by Translator
Co-President
Syrian Democratic Council

Martin Palmer
Former Special Forces Officer
5th Special Forces Group

Emerita Torres
Director of Programs and Research
Soufan Center

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116th Congress