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Overview of Intl Terror Organizations
Rep. Gallegly Schedules Wednesday Oversight Hearing
BACKGROUND: While international terrorism is not a new phenomenon, the nature of terrorism has changed in recent years. In previous decades, terrorist groups were generally secular and nationalist. Today, religion plays a greater role in motivating terror groups, especially those based in the Middle East. In addition to the Middle East, major terrorist groups are now actively operating throughout the world, including in the United States, Russia, other European countries, Colombia, Ireland, Spain, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Burma, Somalia, South Africa, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India. Terrorist organizations are adopting new technologies and developing flexible, transnational structures. Some terror groups are now working together in obtaining financial resources, training, logistics and executing attacks. Combined with the increased availability of weapons of mass destruction, the resilient and diffuse threat posed by international terrorist organizations presents a mortal danger to the United States and other target countries.
WHAT: Oversight hearing: Overview of International Terrorist Organizations
Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights, U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, Chairman
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2003
WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
WITNESSES: J. Cofer Black, Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; Earl Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
Questions to be raised during this hearing: