Remarks on ISIL Terrorist Group Before the Brookings Institution by Matthew G. Olsen, September 3, 2014   [open pdf - 160KB]

ISIL is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Matthew G. Olsen, Director, U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, gave these remarks at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on September 3, 2014. From the speech's conclusion: "In sum, our attention is concentrated on the security crises in Iraq and Syria--and rightly so. ISIL and other groups in Syria threaten our people and interests in the region and, left unchecked, they will seek to carry out attacks closer to home. But no terrorist group, certainly not ISIL, is invincible. The slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent Syrian and Iraqi civilians has shocked and united all civilized peoples, while the barbaric murders of two American journalists and the attack at a Jewish museum in Brussels have demonstrated that these terrorist threats are not confined to one part of the globe. As the President has set out, the U.S. will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect Americans at home and abroad, while we work with the Iraqis, our partners in the region, and our allies over the long term to bring peace and security to a chaotic region of the world."

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