House Terrorism Chair: Our Strategy Against ISIS Is a Complete Failure

By Barbara Hollingsworth | March 22, 2016 | 10:39 AM EDT

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. (AP photo)

 

(CNSNews.com) – In the wake of Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attack in Brussels, the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade called the Obama administration’s strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “a complete failure.”

“Days after Belgian law enforcement captured alive ISIS terrorist Salah Abdeslam, one of the suspected ringleaders of the deadly Paris attacks, terrorists retaliated in Brussels by launching a series of explosions at the airport and train station. Thirty-four civilians are dead and 170 are injured,” Rep Ted Poe (R-TX) said in a statement Tuesday hours after blasts rocked a terminal of the Brussels’ airport and its subway system.

“Today’s bombings illustrate that ISIS still maintains operational networks in Europe capable of carrying out attacks in the capital of the European Union even as security services are on high alert,” said Poe, who is also a member of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.

“It is clear that our current strategy against ISIS – which has allowed the terrorist organization to retain a haven from which to plan and launch attacks for nearly two years – is a complete failure and needs to be reassessed.

“Empty words claiming progress and success against ISIS are meaningless in the face of today’s carnage in Brussels. This latest attack is the new normal in Europe and it will come to our soil if our leaders continue to refuse to define the enemy, radical Islam.

“Jihadists have promised to bring terror to the United States and they will deliver on that promise if we do not use our full resources to destroy them,” Poe said.

“Until we dislodge the terrorists from their havens and neutralize their capabilities to strike in our cities, the citizens of the world will remain in grave danger."

Belgian police arrest Salah Abdeslam (center), the alleged mastermind of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. (AP photo)

Abdeslam, who was arrested by Belgian police during a raid in Molenbeek on Friday, was charged with “participation in terrorist murder” for his alleged role in the Nov. 13 terrorist attack in Paris that left 130 people dead.

“We have found more than 30 people involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris, but we are sure that there are others," Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said shortly after Abdeslam was captured.

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