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Assessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland: Hearing Before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 3, 2014   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 3, 2014 hearing, "Assessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland," before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. From Peter King's opening statement: "While the current threat to Homeland from the Caucasus' today appears minor, we must remember that we have made the mistake of underestimating the threat from terrorists in places like Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen before. The Obama Administration designated the now deceased leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Doku Umarov, as a global terrorist in 2010 and the United Nations Security Council al Qaeda Sanctions Committee has both Umarov and the Caucasus Emirate on its list of terrorists. As this Subcommittee has stressed time and again, global terrorism does not require regiments of hardened soldiers with sophisticated weapons to have a lasting impact on society. Rather, a handful of committed murderers using household pressure cookers, or hijacking commercial airplanes can fundamentally change the course of history if they are disciplined and able to successfully conduct just one or two dramatic acts of violence. Al Qaeda is an opportunistic ideological movement that thrives in ungoverned spaces such as the Caucasus." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gordon M. Hahn, William F. Roggio, and Andrew C. Kuchins.

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2014-04-03
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