MESOP DOCUMENTATION BY AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUT Statement before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

 “U.S. Policy towards the Islamic State after its Seizure of Ramadi and Palmyra” / Michael Rubin, Ph.D. – Resident Scholar – American Enterprise Institute – June 3, 2015

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member Deutch, Honorable Members. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on an issue so important to U.S. national security. On September 10, 2014, against the backdrop of the Islamic State (ISIL, ISIS, Daesh)’s murder of American journalists, President Barack Obama addressed the nation. “Our objective is clear,” he declared, “We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.”

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