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HOEKSTRA-IRAQ
(2008-05-28)
(wgvu) - CONGRESSMAN PETE HOEKSTRA IS BACK IN
MICHIGAN AFTER VISITING IRAQ FOR AN INTELLIGENCE UPDATE.
THE HOLLAND RESIDENT IS THE TOP-RANKING REPUBLICAN ON THE HOUSE
INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. HOEKSTRA'S OFFICE SAYS HE LEFT THURSDAY AND
RETURNED YESTERDAY AFTER ALSO STOPPING IN JORDAN, ITALY AND THE
NETHERLANDS.
HOEKSTRA WENT TO IRAQ WITH COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SILVESTRE REYES, A
DEMOCRAT FROM TEXAS, AND COMMITTEE MEMBER DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER, A
PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRAT.
THE CONGRESSMEN WENT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IRAN'S INFLUENCE IN
IRAQ, THE ACTIVITY LEVEL OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS, THE RELATIONSHIPS
BETWEEN SUNNIS AND SHIAS, AND THE PERSECUTION OF IRAQI CHRISTIANS.
THEY ALSO GOT AN UPDATE ON THE TRAINING STATUS OF IRAQ'S POLICE
AND MILITARY FORCES.
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