Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton)
“The death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is a massive blow in the fight against ISIS and their hateful mark on the world. My first thoughts are of deep gratitude to our armed servicemen and women and our civilians throughout our intelligence and national security operations who oversaw and carried out this dangerous operation.
“Having myself worked before to track Al-Baghdadi and other senior ISIS leaders, I know the painstaking work that our professionals and partners undertook to make this possible. Today I also think of those innocent victims murdered at Al-Baghdadi’s order. No measure of justice can be achieved in the face of the genocide Al-Baghdadi unleashed through an unrelenting campaign of ultraviolence. I hope we all pause today to remember what went through our minds when we heard about the Yezidis trapped on Sinjar Mountain or the tragic deaths of Americans held hostage by ISIS. People across our country and across the globe unified against Al-Baghdadi’s twisted ideology.”
“Even after his death, let us remain vigilant and unified against the threats we face, and let us recommit ourselves to embrace the diversity and freedom that Al-Baghdadi so badly despised.”
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey)
“Today, we come together to congratulate our men and women in uniform who successfully executed the attack on a brutal murderer who mercilessly killed Americans, terrorized populations across the Middle East, and threatened regional peace and security. Last night’s operation is a testament to the courage of our military who put their lives at risk every day to protect our nation, and a sobering reminder of the importance of sustained American leadership with reliable and capable partners on the ground, including the Syrian Democratic Forces and Iraqi military.
“As we begin to understand what a post-Baghdadi Islamic State will look like, we must be clear that the threat of ISIS remains as urgent and grave as ever. As we have unfortunately seen with other terrorist organizations across the world facing significant loss of leadership, the end of Baghdadi will not mean the end of ISIS.
“Today, more than ever, let us remember and honor the memories of the Americans ISIS has killed, including American troops earlier this year and Americans Steven Sotloff, James Foley, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller.”
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Stuart Meissner
“I want to congratulate President Trump and the brave men and women of our armed forces in a successful mission that has taken out a key enemy in the War on Terror. As someone who volunteered at Ground Zero after 9/11, I am elated that we have brought the most dangerous terrorist leader in the world to justice. I also want to especially wish a speedy recovery to the U.S. Military K-9 dog injured in the attack. Thanks to President Trump and our military – the best our country has to offer – the world is now a safer place.”
Republican congressional candidate Frank Pallotta (NJ-5)
“The significance of this successful mission cannot be understated. President Trump and our brave men and women in uniform deserve tremendous credit for fulfilling another promise, and, in doing so, making our world a safer place. “I pray that our President and Congress can work together with the memory of 9/11 in mind to ensure that we never lose sight of the ongoing threat terrorism and radical Islam poses to our nation.”