U.S. Strategy to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and U.S. Policy Toward Iraq and Syria, Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred and Fourteenth Congress, First Session, December 9, 2015 [open pdf - 365KB]
This testimony compilation is from the December 9, 2015 Hearing on 'U.S. Strategy to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and U.S. Policy Toward Iraq and Syria' held before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. From testimony of John McCain: "This morning, our hearts are with the loved ones of the 224 people killed aboard a Russian airliner over Egypt, of the 43 people killed in bombings in Beirut, of the 130 people killed in Paris, and of the 14 people killed in San Bernardino. Each one of these atrocities committed or inspired by ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] has occurred in just the month and a half since the Secretary last appeared before this committee. A year and a half since he appeared, and all of these things have happened. Whatever illusions anyone may have had that our national security was not at stake in the conflict in Iraq and Syria or that ISIL was somehow contained, these attacks make it clear that ISIL's threat against our homeland is real, direct, and growing, that we are not winning this war, and that time is not on our side. Americans have never been more worried about being attacked than at any time since the months that followed September 11th, 2001. Today's hearing is essential to help the American people and their elected representatives understand what the Department of Defense is doing to protect our Nation from this new terrorist threat." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ashton B. Carter and Paul J. Selva.
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