On Wednesday, September 10, acting Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs Hillary Batjer Johnson addressed the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security to discuss the threat posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists with Western passports.
In her remarks, the deputy coordinator stated that the State Department remains “gravely concerned” by terrorist activity in Syria and Iraq. She went on to discussed cooperative efforts between the Departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS) and other interagency and foreign partners. These efforts include border screening efforts and global aviation security efforts between State, DHS, the Terrorist Screening Center, and foreign partners.
State is also leading interagency efforts to engage in terrorism prevention. These efforts include facilitating information exchanges with foreign partners, building partner capacity, and developing shared objectives focused on addressing the foreign fighter threat.
For more information about the remarks to the subcommittee, please follow the link below.
Statement for the Record for the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security: An Examination of the Threat Posed by ISIL Terrorists with Western Passports, U.S. State Department