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Congressional Hearing on ISIS: Where is Syria?

September 16, 2014, Shadi Hamid

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense testified before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the threat posed by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Shadi Hamid, fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy, argues that today’s hearing with members of Congress revealed a central flaw in the Obama administration’s strategy to combat ISIS — Syria.