U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, December 1, 2015 [open pdf - 790KB]
This is the December 1, 2015 hearing "U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region" held before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the testimony of Ashton B. Carter: "ISIL's [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] attacks in Paris, like those it has perpetrated elsewhere, were barbaric...they were an assault on the civilization we defend. ISIL requires, and it will receive, a lasting defeat. The President had directed us to intensify and adapt the military campaign before the Paris attacks, and we will describe those new actions today. We continue to accelerate our efforts in the wake of Paris, and we are urging others to do the same, because those attacks further highlighted the stakes that not just the United States but the world has in this fight. As I've discussed with you in the past, the United States' strategy requires leveraging all the components of our nation's might to destroy ISIL. Every instrument of national power -- diplomatic, military, law enforcement, homeland security, economic, informational -- is engaged and every national security agency is contributing to one of the strategy's nine lines of effort. We're defending the homeland, acting to defeat ISIL in its core in Syria and Iraq, and taking appropriate action wherever else in the world this evil organization metastasizes. The Defense Department contributes to nearly all the lines of effort, but protecting the homeland is among our highest priorities. We're adapting to meet ISIL's threat, including assuring the security of Defense Department installations and personnel. And, just last week, I hosted some of the top national security and law enforcement leaders at the Pentagon to discuss efforts to cut off the flow of foreign fighters." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ashton B. Carter and Joseph F. Dunford.
H.A.S.C. No. 114-68; House Armed Services Committee No. 114-68
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