Ryan weighs in on turmoil in Iraq

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – As Secretary of State John Kerry met with foreign ministers of the Mid East Thursday, Valley Congressman Tim Ryan spoke out about the fallout since troops were sent to Iraq.

Kerry says the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses a threat beyond Iraq and Syria. Kerry sat down with the foreign ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Paris to discuss the Sunni Muslim insurgency that’s seized control of much of northern and western Iraq as well as parts of Syria. The Saudi foreign minister calls the discussions “of immense importance.”

Ryan agrees the United States must stay engaged in what is going on in areas of Iraq so that they don’t become a “hotbed for terrorists.”

“I hope this is a reminder of how foolish it was to go there in the first place,” said Ryan. “And the next time we think about doing something that stupid, the American people need to rise up and say, “No.”

As gas prices continue to fluctuate with the impact of the turmoil, Ryan said U.S. involvement will not end soon.

“Iraq is a huge producer of oil and that is why everyone needs to stay semi engaged because a lot of the oil that we get in the global oil supply comes from Iraq,” said Ryan. “But this ultimately is a mess they are going to have to figure out themselves.”

Iraq’s vice president called on parliament Thursday to convene next week, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency as a bombing killed 12 people in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood and police found eight more bullet-riddled bodies south of the capital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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