IED Discovered Hours before Congressmen Arrived

On a recent trip to Iraq, Reps. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), and Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) found themselves traveling in an unconventional fashion for members of Congress: on the ground, in an armored convoy.

Members usually travel by air because it is deemed safer, according to Reyes' office, but when sandstorms grounded their helicopter, the three were forced to travel through Baghdad by alternative means.

According to Reyes' office, an improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered near the route of the group's convoy hours before the congressmen traveled through Baghdad on Sunday.

"We've been at this for five years, and I'm concerned that we still don't control the streets, putting our troops in harm's way," Reyes said today in a release.

The three congressmen were traveling as members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which Reyes chairs. The group departed last Thursday and returned today.