Serial No. 114-6: ISIL in America: Domestic Terror and Radicalization, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 26, 2015 [open pdf - 703KB]
In the context of this document the 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,' may be abbreviated "ISIL.' This is the hearing on "ISIL in America: Domestic Terror and Radicalization," held before the House Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner: "Today's hearing will examine the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and the domestic terrorism threats posed by these terrorists. And while ISIL seems to have reared its head only in the last 18 months, a closer look quickly reveals ISIL to be an old foe; one with whom the United States has done battle for more than a decade. Before the group declared itself a global caliphate and adopted its current name, it was merely the Islamic State of Iraq. During war, members of this same group were among the most prolific perpetrators of attacks upon American troops and our partners in Iraq. The procession of name changes; however, has made no difference at ISIL's commitment to harm Americans. Earlier this month, we were all reminded of this when we learned of Kayla Mueller's death after 18 months of ISIL captivity. The 26-year-old from Prescott, Arizona traveled to Syria with Doctors Without Borders to help alleviate the suffering brought there by Islamic extremism. Distance does not make us in the United States immune from ISIL's destructive ideology. From far beyond the battlefields of Syria and Iraq comes funding and support for this group's call to arms against the West, and the domestic threat is not limited to New York City and our Nation's capital." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Steinbach and Richard W. Stanek.
Serial No. 114-6
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