Iranian Backed Militias: Destabilizing the Middle East, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, October 4, 2017 [open pdf - 5MB]
This is the October 4, 2017 hearing on "Iranian Backed Militias: Destabilizing the Middle East" held before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Ted Poe: "The Middle East continues to pose some of the biggest challenges to United States national security. Where there is a threat to our interests in the region we can be sure that Iran and its proxy forces and militias are somewhere in the neighborhood. [...] Our troops and Foreign Service officers and intelligence personnel who are trying to help Iraqis, Syrians, and Kurds fight ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] have been repeatedly threatened by Iran's many opportunities in Iraq and Syria. Opposition to dangerous Iranian expansionism and support for terrorism is a bipartisan concern. Congress can lead further by developing a strategy to counter all of Iran's proxies. There is more at stake than just surrendering the region to Iran. If we want to defeat ISIS and defend allies like Israel, we must stop the growth of Iranian-backed groups and their destabilizing behavior. Iran's mobs have gone unchallenged. We are here today to find out from our four experts what the U.S. policy is toward all of this chaos and what it should be doing in the future." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Knights, Aram Nerguizian, Kenneth Pollack, and Melissa Dalton.
Serial No. 115-64
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