WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, N.C.-08, released this statement announcing he plans to join his colleagues to introduce legislation to impose severe sanctions on Turkey after the country launched military operations in northern Syria and against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces:

“I am sickened by Turkey’s attack on our Kurdish allies,” said Hudson. “This invasion is a direct threat to our national security, and it will pave the way for ISIS to re-emerge. Erdogan needs to back down and stop these atrocities, or he’ll be met with crippling sanctions.”

Hudson and a group of representatives led by House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., plan to introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey in response to Ankara’s military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria. This move follows similar efforts led by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., in the Senate. Earlier last week, Hudson voiced his concern after the announcement that the United States would withdraw troops from northern Syria.

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