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    US House Committee Launches Task Force on Terrorist Infiltration

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    The US House Homeland Security Committee has created a bipartisan panel to examine weaknesses in government systems that could allow terrorists to infiltrate the United States, Chairman Michael McCaul said in a press release Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The task force will examine weaknesses in US government information-sharing systems as well as immigration vetting procedures that could be exploited by extremists.

    "Closing gaps in our counterterrorism screening and vetting procedures is especially important in the face of continuing global instability and the desire of ISIS [Daesh] and other terrorist groups to strike the West," McCaul stated.

    McCaul said counterterror will continue to be a top priority for the committee, and it will work closely with US President Donald Trump’s administration to mitigate the threat of terrorists entering the United States.

    The eight-member panel will begin work in March and will provide a final report later in the year.


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