The fight in Syria might not be the United States' war specifically, but it is part of an "endless" war against terrorism, and if keeping that war at bay takes keeping 400 troops in Syria, then that is what should be done, as the U.S. has not won the war on ISIS, no matter what President Donald Trump claims, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Monday.
"The 300 people's job is to empower indigenous forces, locals, to fight their own battles," Kinzinger told Fox News' Martha MacCallum. "It comes to a point were if Americans believe that for whatever reasons terrorists have decided that they are done fighting, that is fine."
Meanwhile, Kinzinger said he is concerned, even though President Donald Trump has said there will be retaliation if Turkey comes over the Syrian line and begins slaughtering the Kurds, whose fighters had been battling for the U.S., it will happen.
"I don't think it will take very long," Kinzinger said. "We're already hearing these reports of airstrikes."
He is also concerned about the potential release of ISIS fighters.
"If 10,000 ISIS fighters get released . . . we have not won the war against ISIS," Kinzinger said. "You think about the message that's sending to our Kurdish allies. These are the same Kurds by the way that were slaughtered in 1991 when we encouraged them to rise up, and we had a no-fly zone to protect [them]."
Meanwhile, the length of the fight is not a choice the United States determines, but "a decision a terrorist makes because they determine if they will kill innocent people," Kinzinger said.
"They will reach out again to the United States and strike here," said the lawmaker, a pilot for the Air National Guard. "I wish they didn't believe this stuff, and I wish we didn't have to fight them. The reason we don't think about terrorism a lot anymore is because we are fighting them over there and taking the battle to them in that area, and they are not able to extend their power here . . . with technology and the Internet, the world is a lot smaller and it's easier for them to organize and plan. I wish this was all over."
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