Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 14, 2017   [open pdf - 685KB]

This is the hearing compilation for the February 14, 2017 hearing "Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward" before the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. From the statement of Hassan Hassan: "Stability in Syria is an important national security interest for the United States. Much of Syria is a geographic space controlled or dominated by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The country borders key regional partners. The persistent refugee crisis threatens the stability of Europe. The two-pronged threat of international terrorism, emanating from both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, is fuelled by the continuing conflict. Despite the grim situation in the country, the US government has an opportunity to stem the challenges presented by the two international terrorist organisations and their enablers. [...] The strategy I am proposing is a baseline. It requires minimal American commitment, building on what the US is already doing in Syria against the Islamic State, without which any fight against jihadism is doomed to fail. Pre-existing resources and hard power should be supplemented with a policy that deliberately immunizes the liberated areas from falling back to extremist forces. This strategy is not an invitation for American occupation or long-term 'nation-building' that President Donald Trump has explicitly criticized. Instead, it is both realistic and essential, expanding on battlefield victories already scored over the last two-and-a-half years of Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State in northern, eastern and southern Syria." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Hassan Hassan, Frederic C. Hof, and Melissa Dalton.

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