Future of Iraq's Minorities: What is Next After ISIS? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, October 4, 2017 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the October 4, 2017 hearing on the "Future of Iraq's Minorities: What is Next After ISIS?" held before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Marco Rubio: "The hearing is especially timely, not only because we have a new administration that is still working through and formulating its Iraq policy, but also because, for some of the communities in Iraq that are in question and are being impacted, for them, the hour is late, and their continued presence in the lands they have inhabited since antiquity literally hangs in the balance. [...] In the coming weeks and months, the U.S. must be forward-leaning in our Iraq strategy in the hopes of preserving the communities that have been a part of the fabric of Iraq for centuries. Their continued existence, and even their flourishing, is not simply a moral imperative given the grave injustices that they have suffered. It is also a key strategic and national security priority because they are key to any future pluralistic Iraq that respects religious freedom." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank R. Wolf and Denise Natali.
S. Hrg. 115-664; Senate Hearing 115-664
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