WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement after a German hostage was beheaded by ISIS-linked militants in the Philippines:

“The beheading of a German hostage by the ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf Group is a tragic reminder of the spread of radical Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia. Germany is our partner and ally in the global fight against ISIS, and we must work together to address this rising threat as it spreads outside of the Middle East.

“I was encouraged to hear Japan is willing to help the Philippines fight these terrorist groups as they continue to pledge allegiance to ISIS and terrorize Southeast Asia, something I called for previously. Following my exchange with then-Defense Secretary nominee Mattis about the clear need to address this emerging threat in Southeast Asia, it’s my hope that the counter ISIS plan he proposes this week to President Trump will suggest the global approach that is required to defeat and destroy ISIS.”