Administration's Strategy and Military Campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, November 13, 2014   [open pdf - 361KB]

This testimony compilation is from the November 13, 2014 hearing, "Administration's Strategy and Military Campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)," before the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services. From the Joint Statement of General Dempsey and Secretary Hagel: "We are three months into a multi-year effort. As we enter a new phase of this effort -- working to train and equip more counter-ISIL forces in both Iraq and Syria -- we will succeed only with the strong support of Congress…and the strong support of this committee. Since I testified before this committee two months ago, our campaign against ISIL has made progress. ISIL's advance in parts of Iraq has stalled, and in some cases been reversed, by Iraqi, Kurdish, and tribal forces supported by U.S. and coalition airstrikes. But ISIL continues to represent a serious threat to American interests, our allies, and the Middle East…and wields influence over a broad swath of territory in western and northern Iraq and eastern Syria. As President Obama has said, ISIL will not be defeated through military force alone. Our comprehensive strategy is focused on supporting inclusive governance, sustaining a broad-based regional and global coalition, and strengthening local forces on the ground. It also includes undercutting ISIL's flow of resources; countering ISIL's messaging; constricting the flow of foreign fighters; providing humanitarian assistance; and our intensive regional and global diplomatic effort. In Iraq, much more needs to be done to achieve political reform, but we are seeing steps in the right direction. In the wake of years of polarizing leadership, Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi is leaning forward by engaging all of Iraq's diverse communities. He has appointed a Sunni defense minister after that post was left vacant for four years." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Martin Dempsey and Chuck Hagel.

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