Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Sherman, and Members of the Committee: thank you for the opportunity to appear at today’s important and timely hearing.
Terrorism in Southeast Asia is a serious challenge and a direct threat to the lives of innocent civilians in the region and to U.S. national security interests. The threat has existed in different forms for years, and the growth of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its attempts to expand into Southeast Asia has once again raised the profile of the danger in the region.
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