U.S. Military Operations to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 16, 2015 [open pdf - 264KB]
This is the September 16, 2015 hearing on "U.S. Military Operations to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)" held before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "The Senate Armed Services Committee meets today to receive testimony on the United States strategy and military operations to counter the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, or ISIL. I want to thank our witnesses, Under Secretary Wormuth and General Austin, for appearing before us today, and their continued service to our Nation. It's been 1 year -- it's been 1 year since President Obama spoke to the Nation about the threat posed by ISIL and increased U.S. military operations against us. Many of us believe that the goal the President laid out, quote, 'to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL' is right. Many of us agree with a military strategy that seeks to empower local forces in Iraq and Syria to combat ISIL with U.S. and coalition training, equipment, assistance, and airpower. One year into this campaign, it seems impossible to assert that ISIL is losing and that we are winning. And if you're not winning in this kind of warfare, you are losing. Stalemate is not success." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christine E. Wormuth and Lloyd J. Austin III.
S. Hrg. 114-217; Senate Hearing 114-217
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