Evolving Threat of Terrorism and Effective Counterterrorism Strategies, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 14, 2017   [open pdf - 720KB]

This is the hearing compilation for the February 14, 2017 hearing "Evolving Threat of Terrorism and Effective Counterterrorism Strategies" before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of Bruce Hoffman: "While ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] poses the most serious, imminent terrorist threat today, al-Qa`ida has been quietly rebuilding and marshaling its resources to reinvigorate the war against the United States declared 20 years ago by its founder and leader, Osama bin Laden. The result is that both groups have enmeshed the U.S. and the West in a debilitating war of attrition, with all its deleterious consequences. ISIS has built external operations capability that will likely survive its loss of territory in Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Meanwhile, the threat from al-Qa`ida persists and may become more serious as it attempts to capitalize on ISIS's falling star alongside the enhancement of its own terrorist strike capabilities. [...] Meanwhile, the danger from so-called lone wolf attacks also remains. The late ISIS commander Abu Muhammad al-Adnani's famous September 2014 summons to battle has hitherto proven far more compelling than al-Qa`ida's longstanding efforts similarly to animate, motivate, and inspire individuals to engage in violence in support of its aims." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bruce Hoffman, Brian Michael Jenkins, and Michael Sheehan.

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