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Worldwide Threats to the Homeland: ISIS and the New Wave of Terror, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 14, 2016   [open pdf - 746KB]

This is the July 14, 2016 hearing on "Worldwide Threats to the Homeland: ISIS and the New Wave of Terror," held before the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Michael T. McCaul: "In the past month, we witnessed 4 major terrorist attacks in 4 weeks in 4 countries, including the deadliest terrorist attack on the United States homeland since 9/11. All these attacks are believed to be the work of ISIS, the new standard-bearer of evil. In fact, the group has now been linked to almost 100 plots against the West since 2014, an unprecedented wave of terror. Nearly 15 years after 9/11, we must confront the reality that we are not winning the war against Islamist terror. While groups like ISIS may be losing some ground in Syria and Iraq, overall, they are not on the run; they are on the rise. I am concerned that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. Director Comey, you prophetically warned this committee 2 years ago that there would eventually be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria and Iraq, with jihadists returning home to spread extremism. That exodus has now begun. Thousands of Western foreign fighters have departed the conflict zone, including operatives who are being sent to conduct attacks, as we saw in Paris and in Brussels. At the same time, ISIS's on-line recruiting has evolved, and they now micro-target followers by language and country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeh C. Johnson, James B. Comey, and Nicholas J. Rasmussen.

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Serial No. 114-83
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2017
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