Washington, DC House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement about today’s U.S. air strikes in Libya against ISIL, the terrorist organization also known as Daesh:

“The application of U.S. air power at the request of our partner, the Libyan unity government, struck a blow against Daesh, also known as ISIL. We need to hit them aggressively where we have opportunities to damage their organization, and provide the Libyan government with a chance to stabilize the chaotic situation that it currently faces.”