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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement about the airstrikes in Syria:

"I strongly support the action taken last night by the US-UK-France alliance in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people. This type of behavior has become a pattern for the Assad regime and I sincerely hope last night’s strikes reinforce our determination to confront those who would use chemical weapons. Russia and Iran share responsibility for Assad's brutal treatment of Syrian civilians; they must ensure Assad never uses chemical weapons. It’s never an easy choice to put our military in harm's way but I am grateful to all those involved and continue praying for their safety."