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Subcommittee on National Security to Hold Hearing on U.S. Counterterrorism Policy

Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2021)—On December 7, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. ET, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, will hold a hearing to examine the worldwide threat posed by al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and other foreign terrorist organizations.  The hearing will also consider the Biden Administration’s whole-of-government approach, in coordination with international allies and partners, to counter the evolving terrorism threat.

In the 20 years since the September 11th attacks, the “global war on terrorism has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, but the terrorist threats facing the United States today are more diffuse and complex than ever before.  Al Qaeda and ISIS remain active around the world and have established branches and affiliates in 19 countries, which continue to pose a threat to U.S. interests at home and overseas. 

The Biden Administration has made clear that U.S. counterterrorism policies should be calibrated to address new and evolving terrorist threats.  To delegitimize terrorist organizations’ ideology and prevent them from finding safe havens to recruit, train, and plot acts of violence, the United States must adopt a whole-of-government approach that lessens its reliance on military force and emphasizes robust information-sharing, international diplomacy, and civilian and humanitarian assistance to address root causes of conflict.



Subcommittee on National Security hearing entitled “Examining the Worldwide Threat of al Qaeda, ISIS, and Other Foreign Terrorist Organizations”


Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. ET




Christopher Landberg

Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism
U.S. Department of State


Milancy Harris

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism
U.S. Department of Defense



A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.


Per the Office of the Attending Physician’s (OAP) guidelines, and in consultation with the Architect of the Capitol, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Committee on House Administration, the hearing room has been reconfigured to provide for social distancing.  In light of current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OAP, media must comply with the Committee’s COVID guidelines, including by continuing to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. ET on December 6, 2021.

For more information, please contact the Gallery:  

House Radio/TV Gallery:     [email protected]             202-225-5214
House Periodical Gallery:    
[email protected]     202-225-2941
House Daily Press Gallery:  
[email protected]   202-225-3945
Photographer Gallery:         
[email protected]            202-224-6548


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