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Corker Visits Libya, Jordan; Declares Al-Qqeda Still a Threat

News release from Sen. Bob Corker’s office:
After spending the weekend in Jordan and on the Syrian border and Monday in Libya, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said today, “I am convinced more than ever that Al-Qaeda, its affiliates and other violent extremist organizations continue to be a serious threat to America and other countries around the world who share our free democratic values.
“The attack on Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 is a stark reminder that our nation must remain vigilant in protecting our citizens from the threat of Al-Qaeda and similar extremist terrorist entities around the world. Unless we acknowledge this reality and appropriately posture ourselves toward that threat, we will be caught off guard again in the future.”
Arriving in Tripoli on Monday, Corker participated in a country team briefing that focused on the situation on the ground and the attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 where our personnel on the ground acted heroically. He also had extensive meetings with government officials in Libya including the Chief of Staff of the Libyan Armed Forces Yousef Mangoush, Prosecutor General Abdul Aziz al-Hassadi, Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz, and President of the General National Congress Mohamed Magariaf.
In Jordan on Saturday and Sunday, Corker visited the Za’atri refugee camp and met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Mafraq Governor Abdullah al-Khattab, Chief of Defense Mishal al-Zaben, President of the Senate Taher al-Masri, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Prime Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh, and Minister of Finance Suleiman Hafez. Corker also met with Jordanian businessmen and senators and had the opportunity to thank members of the Tennessee Army National Guard 181st Field Artillery for their service.
Corker returns to the U.S. late today.

Corker Went From GOP Convention to Middle East

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the rounds at the Republican National Convention last week, appearing at breakfasts and luncheons for the Tennessee GOP delegation before discreetly plotting his exit, according to Greg Johnson.
“I’ve got some important business in the Middle East,” Corker quietly told a small group of convention-goers before taking his leave.
Corker surfaced days later in Istanbul, after visiting Turkey’s border with war-torn Syria.
“I just visited the border between Turkey and Syria and met with various groups representing the Syrian opposition and refugees,” said Corker in a statement. “Hearing the stories of what is happening every day to ordinary citizens in Syria challenges the most basic American sensibilities.”
Some 80,000 refugees have crossed over Syria’s northwest border into Turkey. More than 23,000 Syrians, including 2,200 children, have been killed in the conflict between those fighting for democracy and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, a man Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once called “a reformer.”