IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2016, CONTACT: Shaylyn.Hynes, (202) 225-6565
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on Brussels terrorist attacks.
“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. 34 civilians are dead and 170 are injured. 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. 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. 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."