Congressman Fitzpatrick Visits Middle East For Christmas, Expected To Receive Briefings

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick speaking with service members on December 26, 2017 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Credit: Sgt. David Nye/U.S. Army

Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick will spend Christmas day visiting American troops deployed in the Middle East.

The Republican congressman’s office announced the visit to “various undisclosed locations” in the Middle East on Christmas Eve.

Fitzpatrick’s trip will have him serve Christmas dinner to the troops, spend time with Pennsylvania troops deployed to the region, and allow him to talk to military officials and receive classified briefings on the continuing operations  in CENTCOM’s area of responsibility, which includes 4 million-square-miles in the Middle East.

“Congressman Fitzpatrick has made a commitment to spend every Christmas Day with our troops deployed oversees. Last year, Fitzpatrick spent Christmas Day with U.S. Troops in Afghanistan. In 2007-2008, while serving as an FBI special agent, Fitzpatrick was embedded with U.S. Special Forces in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” the congressman’s office said.

An American soldier stands watch near a tactical vehicle during a coordinated patrol outside Manbij, Syria on August 19.
Credit: Sgt. Nicole Paese/U.S. Army

The congressman could learn more on the military’s operations in Syria, which Republican President Donald Trump abruptly announced last week that he would pull American troops out of. Fitzpatrick said last week that he was “greatly concerned” that Trump planned to eliminate the American military presence in Syria.

“Our continued presence in Syria is critical to defeat ISIS, push back against Russian and Iranian influence, and put the Assad regime on notice,” he said.

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