Serial No. 113-84: One Flight Away: An Examination of the Threat Posed by ISIS Terrorists with Western Passports, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 10, 2014 [open pdf - 286KB]
This testimony is from the September 10, 2014, hearing on "One Flight Away: An Examination of the Threat Posed by ISIS Terrorists with Western Passports," held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. From the statement of John P. Wagner: "As this Committee knows, we live in a world of ever-evolving threats. From this perspective, CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] is now focused on the literally thousands of foreign fighters, including U.S. citizens, who continue to gravitate toward Syria to engage in that protracted civil war. Many of these are fighting alongside violent extremist groups both in Syria and in neighboring Iraq, learning battlefield skills and terrorist tradecraft. Of the numerous insurgent groups active in Iraq, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) demonstrated focus on consolidating territory in the Middle East region to establish their own Islamic State is of particular concern. Since June 2014, ISIS (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)) and its allies have gained control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, captured significant territory across central Iraq, and continue to engage with Iraqi security forces in that region. In early August, the threat to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region increased considerably with the advance of ISIL towards Kurdish areas. As foreign fighters supporting ISIL's regional aggression retain the ability to travel to their countries of origin and beyond, they have the potential to threaten the Homeland. In response to the potential threat posed by ISIL and other terrorist groups seeking to gain access to the Homeland, CBP, and more broadly the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is continually refining our risk-based strategy and layered approach to security, extending our borders outward, and focusing our resources on the greatest risks to interdict threats before they reach the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Candice Miller, Michael McCaul, John P. Wagner, Troy Miller, Jennifer A. Lasley, and Hillary Batjer Johnson.
Serial No. 113-84
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