Eliminating Terrorist Sanctuaries: The Role of Security Assistance: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, March 10, 2005   [open pdf - 465KB]

From the opening statement of Edward R. Royce: "The 9"11 Commission pointed out in its report the importance of keeping terrorist organizations off guard, the importance of rendering them less capable of mounting a catastrophic attack against the United States by always keeping them on the defense. Part of the Administrations strategy is eliminating terrorist sanctuaries around the world. Most of those sanctuaries, current and potential sanctuaries, are in remote areas of the developing world where government presence is very low. This includes much of the Sahel, Sahara and the Horn regions of Africa. It includes parts of the Caucasus like Georgia and certainly the southern Philippines, areas that we are going to focus on today. This hearing is going to look at U.S. programs to train and equip foreign military and security forces for counterterrorism and our ability to train them basically to go after these potential terrorist sanctuaries. Specific programs of interest that we are going to look at are the Pan-Sahel Initiative, the Georgia Sustainment and Security Operations Program and the security assistance training in the Philippines. PSI, as it is known, is being greatly expanded into the Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Initiative, which is of considerable interest to this Subcommittee, especially as it is to include development assistance and public diplomacy programs. Having visited PSI trained troops in Chad in January, I am especially interested in the details of this program. We saw a special brigade being trained there, and that particular elite unit has been quite effective against terrorist cells in that country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William P. Pope, Hamlin B. Tallent, Edward R. Royce, and Ted Poe.

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