Opening Statements

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “Evidence indicates that hundreds of British, French and German citizens, among many others,  are currently fighting  for Islamist groups in Syria. This hearing will review the potential for these fighters to travel back to their home countries in Europe and Russia and to carry out additional attacks. How are European countries addressing the threat, and how can the US assist in those efforts to thwart future terrorist attacks?”


Mr. Thomas Joscelyn
Senior Fellow
Foundation for Defense of Democracies
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Ms. Farah Pandith
Fisher Family Fellow
Belfer Center
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
(Former U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities)
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Hearing transcript (PDF)