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25 September 2014 G7 Foreign Ministers’ Joint Statement on Fighting ISIL  We, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union jointly condemn the brutal violence, hatred and intolerance of the terrorist organisation operating under the name ISIL.

24 September 2014 Countries Cooperate to Counter Foreign Terrorist Fighters  "As we continue to build this coalition to address the threat posed by ISIL, we will focus on further strengthening the civilian institutions that are essential to preventing and responding to such threats within a rule of law framework and expanding the effort to delegitimize and counter the violent ideology that fuels much of today’s terrorist violence."

09 September 2014 Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Congressional Leaders on National Security Issues  The President, Vice President and Congressional Leaders had a productive discussion and the Leaders expressed their support for efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

09 September 2014 Obama’s Meeting with Top Officials on Security Approaching 9/11 

20 August 2014 Rewards for Justice - Reward Offers for Information on Haqqani Network Leaders (state.gov)  The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice program is offering new rewards for information on four key leaders of the Haqqani Network (HQN) terrorist organization and is increasing a previously announced reward offer for information on another leader of the group. The Department has authorized rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of Aziz Haqqani, Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani, and Abdul Rauf Zakir. 

18 August 2014 State Department on Terrorist Designation of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani   Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, born Taha Sobhi Falaha in Syria, is the official spokesman for and a senior leader of ISIL. Al-Adnani is ISIL’s main conduit for the dissemination of official messages, including ISIL’s declaration of the creation of an Islamic Caliphate. Al-Adnani was one of the first foreign fighters to oppose Coalition forces in Iraq before becoming ISIL’s spokesman.

18 August 2014 State Department on Terrorist Designation of Said Arif  Arif is an Algerian army officer deserter, who traveled to Afghanistan in the 1990s, where he trained in al-Qa’ida camps with weapons and explosives. Arif is a long-time terrorist who was a suspect in the al-Qa’ida December 2000 plot to bomb the Strasbourg Christmas market.

06 August 2014 Facts on U.S. Partnerships to Counter Terrorism in Africa    []But our efforts at countering terrorism in Africa are motivated as well by a recognition that extremist groups are tearing apart communities in many parts of the continent, robbing young people of their futures, constraining economic growth, and denying people the opportunity to reach their full potential. ... We are committed to working with our African partners to address immediate threats and build durable and professional security sector institutions required to achieve our long-term counterterrorism objectives.

06 August 2014 Facts on Security Initiative Between U.S., 6 African Partners  Today the President announced the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), a new joint endeavor between the United States and six African partners that offers a comprehensive approach to improving security sector governance and capacity to address threats

02 August 2014 State Department on Terrorist Attack in Lebanon (state.gov)  "The United States strongly condemns the al Nusra Front’s attack today on the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in Arsal, where reportedly at least seven soldiers were killed and some Internal Security Forces (ISF) members were briefly held hostage. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims’ families and wish a full recovery to those who were wounded."

19 June 2014 Alleged Attacker to Be Tried for Deaths at U.S. Mission Benghazi  A Libyan national [Ahmed Abu Khatallah] has been charged with federal offenses related to the 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, the Department of Justice announced.

19 June 2014 International Institute to Provide Counterterrorism Training 

15 June 2014 State Dept. on ISIL Claims of a Massacre in Tikrit, Iraq 

10 June 2014 U.S. Condemns ISIL Assault on Mosul  The United States is deeply concerned about the events that have transpired in Mosul over the last 48 hours where elements of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) have taken over significant parts of the city. ... ISIL continues to gain strength from the situation in Syria, from which it transfers recruits, sophisticated munitions, and resources to the fight in Iraq.

09 June 2014 State Dept. on Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan (via State.gov)   We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Sunday’s brazen attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. We wish those who were injured a full and speedy recovery.  ... Regrettably, the Pakistani people face violent assaults from numerous groups. On the same day as the airport attack, 30 Shia pilgrims were murdered in Balochistan, the latest innocent victims of sectarian violence.

14 May 2014 Boko Haram and U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance to Nigeria   Secretary Kerry: “The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime, and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian Government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice. I will tell you, my friends, I have seen this scourge of terror across the planet, and so have you. They don't offer anything except violence. They don't offer a health care plan, they don't offer schools. They don't tell you how to build a nation; they don't talk about how they will provide jobs. They just tell people, "You have to behave the way we tell you to," and they will punish you if you don't.”

14 May 2014 Terrorist Designations of Groups Operating in Syria   The Department of State announced the amendment of the designation of al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 to add the alias Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as its primary name and remove all aliases associated with al-Nusrah Front (ANF). Additionally, the Department of State announced the designation of ANF as an FTO under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under section 1(b) of E.O. 13224.

30 April 2013 Leveraging Partnerships Vital to Global Counterterrorism

30 April 2014 State Department Facts on Country Reports on Terrorism 2013

30 April 2014 Briefing on Annual Country Reports on Terrorism

29 April 2014 Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, the State Department's Coordinator for Counterterrorism, To Present Country Reports on Terrorism 2013 (via State.gov)   The Department of State will release the annual Congressionally mandated Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT) 2013 on Wednesday, April 30 at 12:00 p.m. Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, the State Department’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will provide remarks followed by a short question-and-answer session.

03 April 2014 Treasury's Cohen at Hearing on Terrorism, Financial Intelligence  Testimony of Under Secretary Cohen before the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.

02 April 2014 Co-Chairs' Fact Sheet: About the Global Counterterrorism Forum   A fact sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on April 2, 2014.

18 March 2014 Treasury’s Cohen on Illicit Finance Risks of Virtual Currency (IIPDigital) 

04 March 2014 Treasury’s Cohen on Stopping Terrorist Financing (IIPDigital)

11 February 2014 State Dept. Report on Assistance Related to International Terrorism: Fiscal Year 2013  This report includes descriptions of programs that directly counter international terrorism, such as programs delivered by the Bureau of Counterterrorism. This report also includes descriptions of programs that may have other primary purposes, but that also contribute indirectly, but substantially, to countering international terrorism in one way or another.

10 February 2014 U.S. Condemns Attack on the Convoy of Iraqi Parliament Speaker Nujaifi  "The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on the convoy of the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Osama al-Nujaifi, in Ninewa province. Speaker Nujaifi has been a strong partner of the United States’ efforts in Iraq and we are grateful that he was unharmed in the attack."

05 February 2014 Al-Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran and Iraq, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Brett McGurk, remarks to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the situation in Iraq with a focus on al Qa’ida’s primary offshoot in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

03 February 2014 Opening Remarks at the Second Gulf of Aden Counterterrorism Forum, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti   "The U.S. government is committed to the fight against both al Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Shabaab. ... In looking at the terrorist threat beyond the Gulf of Aden over the past decade, the United States and our partners can count many accomplishments, including remarkable success in weakening al-Qa’ida’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan."
 • Gulf of Aden Counterterrorism Forum

27 January 2014 Amb. Power on Passage of U.N. Resolution on Kidnapping for Ransom    "The United States commends the United Nations Security Council for today’s passage of Resolution 2133 which identifies kidnapping for ransom as a source of terrorist financing, expresses the Council’s determination to secure the safe release of hostages without ransom payments or political concessions, and calls upon all Member States to prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from such concessions."

23 January 2014 Terrorist Designation of Ziyad al-Nakhalah  (via State.gov)   The Department of State has designated Ziyad al-Nakhalah as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
Ziyad al-Nakhalah is the Deputy Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a group that was designated by the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 8, 1997. PIJ’s openly stated goal is the destruction of Israel."

07 December 2013 Terrorist Designation of Qari Saifullah  (via State.govy)   The Department of State has designated Qari Saifullah as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.  Qari Saifullah is the Taliban shadow deputy governor and an operational commander in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. As an operational commander, Qari Saifullah has used Taliban fighters to organize terrorist activities against the Government of Afghanistan and Coalition Forces in eastern Zabul Province.

2013

22 December 2013 Joint Statement for 25th Anniversary of Lockerbie: Governments of Libya, the United Kingdom and United States of America

18 December 2013 Terrorist Designation of Fatah al-Islam Associate Usamah Amin al-Shihabi (via State.gov)   The Department of State has designated Fatah al-Islam (FAI) associate Usamah Amin al-Shihabi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.  Al-Shihabi is an associate of FAI, a Lebanese-based militant group formed in 2006, whose ultimate goal is the institution of Islamist sharia law in the Palestinian refugee camps and the destruction of Israel, and at times has played a key leadership role in the organization.
   
        
18 December 2013 Terrorist Designation of the al-Mulathamun Battalion (via State.gov)  The Department of State has designated the al-Mulathamun Battalion as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.   Originally part of al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the al-Mulathamun Battalion became a separate organization in late 2012 after its leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, split from AQIM.

12 December 2013 Two British Nationals Plead Guilty to Terrorism-Related Charges in New Haven Federal Court   Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to conspiring to provide and providing material support, including funds, personnel and physical items, to terrorists.  The charges stem from their involvement in, and operation of, “Azzam Publications,” an entity in London that provided material support to the Chechen mujahideen, the Taliban and associated terrorist groups.

19 November 2013 Bomb Attacks in Lebanon (State Dept. link) Secretary Kerry press statement on the terrorist bombings at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.

19 November 2013 White House Official on America’s Counterterrorism Strategy Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, discusses America’s counterterrorism strategy in a speech at New York University School of Law.

23 October  2013 Statement by President Obama on the Anniversary of the Attack on the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon (via Whitehouse.gov)   Thirty years ago today, 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers lost their lives to a Hizballah suicide bomber who attacked the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  Minutes later, 58 French paratroopers lost their lives when a second Hizballah suicide bomber attacked the French barracks.  This despicable act of terrorism was the deadliest single-day death toll for the U.S. Marine Corps since the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

09 October 2013 Obama: U.S. Will Continue to Pursue Terrorists Overseas  Just days after U.S. forces carried out raids in Libya and Somalia to bring wanted terrorists to justice, President Obama made clear October 8 the United States will continue to carry out similar strikes overseas as long as threats to the nation exist.

07 October 2013 Terrorist Designations of the Muhammad Jamal Network and Muhammad Jamal  The Department of State has designated the Muhammad Jamal Network  and founder, Muhammad Jamal, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

06 October 2013 Pentagon on Capture of Suspected Terrorist in Libya  The Department of Defense, acting under military authorities, conducted an operation to apprehend longtime Al Qaeda member Abu Anas al Libi in Libya. He is currently lawfully detained under the law of war in a secure location outside of Libya.

06 October 2013 Hagel on Operations in Libya, Somalia  Over the weekend, U.S. military personnel conducted targeted operations in Libya and Somalia to bring international terrorists to justice. As a result of the Libya operation, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists was captured and is now in U.S. custody.

27 September 2013  Secretary Kerry  at the Global Counterterrorism Forum Ministerial  "I think we’re here because of one word: community. Resilient communities, effective communities, sustainable communities – that’s what the fund is going to try to offer. And it will put local communities who are most at risk in the driver’s seat and give them the tools that they need to do something about it. We’ll talk about grants that provide life skills, vocational training, at youth risk – to youth who are at the risk of recruitment."

21 September 2013 State Department on Terrorist Attack at Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya  (via State.gov)   Sec. Kerry: "Today's terrorist massacre of so many innocents is a heartbreaking reminder that there exists unspeakable evil in our world which can destroy life in a senseless instant. I want to express my deepest condolences - and the condolences of our entire nation - to the families and friends of the victims in Nairobi today. …Although we have no reports of any Americans killed today, we have lost a member of our own State Department family: The wife of a foreign service national working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. "

17 June 2013 Russia-U.S. Joint Statement on Counterterrorism Cooperation  The terrorist threat calls for a concerted, comprehensive response that presupposes law enforcement measures for the protection of our citizens, as well as the implementation of a long-term strategy aimed at denying terrorists any social or material support, and working with societies to prevent the spread of the terrorist ideology. To that end, the United States and Russia intend to strengthen our counterterrorism cooperation on the basis of mutual trust, including the exchange of pertinent operational information between intelligence services and the conduct of coordinated operations.

30 May 2013 State Dept releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2012
The complete text of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2012 is available on the Department of State website.
From Country Reports on Terrorism 2012: Europe & Eurasia: Chapter 2 (includes United Kingdom)
 • Fact Sheet on the Country Reports on Terrorism 2012

24 May 2013 Obama Outlines Evolving U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy  Saying that America is at a crossroads, President Obama outlined an evolving counterterrorism strategy aimed at threats that are lethal yet less capable, at threats to U.S. diplomatic and business interests abroad and at homegrown threats.

23 May 2013 Facts on President Obama's Speech on Counterterrorism
President Obama on the Future of Fight Against Terrorism

11 May 2013 Kerry on Bombings in Turkey

24 April 2013 U.S. Identifies Lebanese Money Exchangers with Links to Hezbollah  The U.S. government has named two Lebanon-based money exchange businesses as illicit financiers involved in laundering money from narcotics trafficking and channeling it to the Hezbollah terrorist organization

15 April 2013 Obama on Bombing at Boston Marathon  "We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake -- we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice. "

27 March 2013 The Role of Public Diplomacy in Countering Violent Extremism   Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine: "We have to enter that communications space – where so many young people are getting their information – and contest extremist and other negative rhetoric with facts and counter assertions."

26 March 2013 Annual Report on Assistance Related to International Terrorism: Fiscal Year 2012  During Fiscal Year 2012, the U.S. government provided assistance related to international terrorism through the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. This report does not include assistance related to international terrorism provided through the Department of Defense.

21 January 2013 State Dept Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Algeria   "As the President said, the blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms. We will continue to work closely with the Government of Algeria to gain a fuller understanding of the terrorist attack of last week and how we can work together moving forward to combat such threats in the future."

15 January 2013 Ambassador Rice at U.N. Security Council on Counterterrorism 

14 January 2013 United States Hosts the G8 Roma-Lyon Group on Counterterrorism and Counter-crime  From January 15 to January 17, the United States will host the Group of Eight Roma-Lyon Group meeting in Washington. These important meetings aim to better align G8 counterterrorism and anti-crime policies.   These meetings were rescheduled from October 2012, due to Hurricane Sandy.  
The G8 Roma-Lyon Group, which is comprised of G8 partners (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union), pursues practical projects in counterterrorism, transportation security, high-tech crime, criminal legal affairs, law enforcement, and migration

 2012

18 December 2012 Global Counterterrorism: A Progress Report  Remarks by Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

14 December 2012 United Arab Emirates Hosts World Center to Fight Extremism   The United Arab Emirates, with the backing of the United States, has launched the first international institution aimed at countering violent extremism.
Ministerial Plenary Co-Chairs Fact Sheets (via State.gov) :

11 December 2012 State Dept. on Designation of Al-Nusrah Front as Terrorist Group  Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks in major city centers. Through these attacks, al-Nusrah has sought to portray itself as part of the legitimate Syrian opposition while it is, in fact, an attempt by al-Qa’ida in Iraq to hijack the struggles of the Syrian people for its own malign purposes
State Dept. Briefing on Terrorist Designation of al-Nusrah Front

20 October 2012 Secretary Clinton on Acts of Terrorism in Beirut  The United States condemns in the strongest terms the acts of terrorism that took place in Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood today. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who were killed.

18 October 2012 Rewards for Justice - al-Qaida Reward Offers  The Department’s Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards for information on two key Iran-based facilitators and financiers of the al-Qaida terrorist organization.  The U.S. Department of State has authorized a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the location of Iran-based senior facilitator and financier Muhsin al-Fadhli and up to $5 million for information leading to the location of his deputy, Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi.

11 October 2012 Data Sharing Helps Fight Crime, Homeland Security Chief Says  A formal agreement between Bulgaria and the United States on sharing information on suspected criminals and terrorists will help counterterrorism and law enforcement efforts while protecting individual privacy, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says.

05 October 2012 Statement by the U.S. Embassy on the Extradition of Five Terrorism Suspects to the U.S. for Trial   The United States is pleased that the UK judicial authorities approved the extraditions of Abu Hamza al-Masri, Adel Abdul Bary, Khalid al-Fawwaz, Babar Ahmad, and Syed Talha Ahsan to the United States to face prosecution in U.S. courts on terrorism charges.  These individuals are being transferred to the United States.
Fact Sheet on extradition of 5 terrorism suspects for prosecution in the U.S., October 2012
• Fact Sheet: The Five Terrorism Defendants Extradited to the U.S. for Trial in New York and Connecticut

29 September 2012 State's Burns at U.N. Meeting on Countering Nuclear Terrorism 

31 July 2012 Briefing on the Country Reports on Terrorism 2011
2011 Country Reports on Terrorism: Strategic Assessment
The complete text of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 is available on the Department of State website.
From Country Reports on Terrorism 2011: Europe & Eurasia: Chapter 2 (includes United Kingdom )

25 July 2012 Amb. Benjamin on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation 

18 July 2012 U.S., Partners Cooperate to Counter 21st-Century Threats  The United States is engaging in partnerships with countries around the world to build military cooperation in the fight against 21st-century security threats, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10 July 2012 State Dept Fact Sheet : Terrorism Designations FAQs 

09 July 2012 U.S., Partners Work to Combat Terrorism, Support Victims  The U.S. and its international partners are working together to counter violent extremism and help the victims of terrorism around the globe, says Under Secretary of State Maria Otero.

26 June 2012 U.S., EU Cooperate on Law Enforcement, Security Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to join their European counterparts for the biannual U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting. The focus was U.S.-EU efforts related to border management, countering violent extremism, law enforcement cooperation, global supply-chain security, aviation security and cybersecurity.

25 June 2012 State's Otero on Combating Crime-Terror Pipelines  Remarks by Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, at the National Defense University's in Washington, DC, on Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Combating Crime-Terror Pipelines.

07 June 2012 Clinton Praises Global Counterterrorism Efforts at Istanbul Forum  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says global counterterrorism efforts are making a significant difference in keeping citizens safe, and she is calling on countries around the world to continue to stand together in the fight against violent extremism.

06 June 2012 State Dept. Fact Sheet on Counterterrorism Meeting in Istanbul  Fact Sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum for the GCTF Ministerial-Level Plenary in Istanbul.

08 May 2012 Defense Secretary Panetta: U.S. Must Stay Vigilant Against Terrorist Attacks  A recent attempt by Yemeni-based terrorists to plant an explosive device on an airliner bound for the United States shows the nation needs to remain vigilant against new acts of terrorism, Defense Secretary Panetta said.   In a plot whose details may never be fully known, U.S. and Yemeni operatives last month disrupted the plans of a bomber affiliated with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, to detonate a plastic explosive device aboard a commercial aircraft.

30 April 2012 Brennan Says al-Qaida's Core Badly Weakened  White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan says current intelligence indicates that morale is low among members of the terrorist group al-Qaida and many of its members are giving up and returning home, believing it is a fight they will never win.

19 April 2012 Women Can Counter Terrorism, Advance Peace  Women can be an important weapon against terror and an instrument for peace, according to experts who gathered to discuss the topic April 19 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  The symposium on the roles of women in terrorism and counterterrorism was sponsored by Women In International Security, a global network dedicated to advancing women’s leadership.

19 April 2012 State Dept. Official Assesses Counterterrorism Strategy   The U.S. Department of State's new Bureau of Counterterrorism is working to protect the United States by developing and implementing "civilian counterterrorism strategies, policies, operations and programs to disrupt and defeat the networks that support terrorism," says a top State Department official.

02 March 2012 U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Taliban Explosives Maker  All assets of a Taliban explosives manufacturer that are in the United States or controlled by Americans have been frozen and U.S. entities are prohibited from engaging in transactions with him, the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

2011

22 December 2011 White House on Terrorist Attacks in Iraq

21 December 2011 Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Annual Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Service   "None of us will ever forget that terrible moment, when so many lives were stolen – and others shattered – by a shameful and senseless act of cowardice.   The losses that resulted – in the air, and on the ground – not only shook the families of the passengers, crewmembers, and innocent bystanders in Lockerbie, Scotland, who were killed on December 21st, 1988.   They also shocked the world, and had a dramatic and far-reaching impact on international affairs – creating a new global community of mourners, supporters, and advocates."

19 December 2011 U.S. Official in Mideast for Sanctions, Terrorist-Financing Talks   A top U.S. Treasury Department official is visiting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for discussions of sanctions against Syria and Iran and efforts to disrupt funding for terrorist networks worldwide.  Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen is traveling to continue the Treasury Department’s close coordination with international partners and allies in the region, the Treasury Department said.

09 December 2011 U.S. Counterterrorism Expert Assesses al-Qaida After bin Laden   The State Department’s top counterterrorism expert says the loss of Osama bin Laden has put the terrorist group al-Qaida on “a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse.”   “There is no question that bin Laden’s departure from the scene was the most important milestone ever in the fight against al-Qaida,” Daniel Benjamin, the U.S. coordinator for counterterrorism, said at a recent conference in Washington.

01 November 2011  Justice’s Breuer at Senate Hearing on Transnational Crime    Statement of Assistant Attorney General Breuer before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Washington, D.C.

12 October 2011 Terrorist Designation of Five People Tied to Iranian Plot  The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of five individuals, including four senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) officers connected to a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir, while he was in the United States and to carry out follow-on attacks against other countries’ interests inside the United States and in another country.

12 October 2011 Obama: Iranian Plot a Flagrant Violation of International Law  President Obama says an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir and kill Americans in the United States is “a flagrant violation of U.S. and international law.

11 October 2011 U.S. Attorney General on Assassination Plot against Saudi Envoy  The Department of Justice announced charges against two people who allegedly attempted to carry out a deadly plot that was directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign ambassador here in the United States.

03 October 2011 U.S. Official on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism  Statement by the  United States Mission to the UN on Agenda Item 109 in the Sixth Committee: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism.

22 September 2011 Clinton Launches New Counterterrorism Partnership  With the goal of preventing the creation of more victims of terrorism, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined foreign ministers from 30 countries in launching the Global Counterterrorism Forum, designed to provide a venue for countries to collaborate on strengthening the capacities of governments, civil society groups and others to prevent and address terrorist threats.
 • Secretary Clinton at Launch of Global Counterterrorism Forum

22 September 2011 U.S. Defense Secretary Says Taliban Insurgents Being Turned Back  As the United States ends military operations in Iraq this year, more attention and resources are being focused on the mission in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Senate committee.

19 September 2011 Attorney General Says Cooperation Crucial to Counterterrorism  International collaboration has been essential in identifying and combating global terrorist threats, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says.Holder addressed a U.N. symposium on international counterterrorism cooperation in New York and told other justice officials that “our security interests are intertwined — and … our counterterrorism efforts must be as well.”

16 September 2011 White House Adviser on Administration’s Counterterrorism Strategy  Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan, to the Program on Law and Security at Harvard Law School,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

08 September 2011 Treasury Geithner on Combating Terrorist Financing Since 9/11  Remarks at Treasury's Counter-Terrorist Financing Symposium.

16 August 2011 Terrorist Designation of Haqqani Network’s Sangeen Zadran  The Secretary of State has designated Haqqani Network (HQN) Commander Sangeen Zadran under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

03 August 2011 New White House Strategy Aims to Curb Violent Extremism The Obama administration announces a new strategy that offers support to local communities to help curb the threat posed by terrorist groups and other extremists within the United States.

29 June 2011 Presidential Adviser Announces New Counterterrorism Strategy  President Obama’s new National Strategy for Counterterrorism formalizes the approach his administration has been pursuing and adapting for the past two and a half years to prevent terrorist attacks and to ensure al-Qaida’s demise, Obama’s chief homeland security and counterterrorism adviser says.

29 June 2011  Ensuring al-Qa'ida's Demise  Remarks of John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in  Washington, DC.
 • Fact Sheet: National Strategy for Counterterrorism
 • National Strategy for Counterterrorism (PDF via Whitehouse.gov)

10 May 2011  Osama bin Laden’s Death Pivotal in Shift to Peace, Leaders Say  Amid swift reaction to the death of terrorist leader and mass murderer Osama bin Laden, world leaders generally believe the event may be pivotal in shifting the focus away from a decade characterized by terrorism and extremism to one of building democratic societies in the Middle East and across the globe.

02 May 2011 Muslim-American Religious Experts Discuss Bin Laden's Death

02 May 2011 White House Briefing with Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan

02 May 2011 Obama Calls Death of bin Laden an Act of Justice  President Obama says the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden allows the world to tell the families of bin Laden’s victims: “Justice has been done.”   U.S. forces killed bin Laden in a firefight, part of a raid on his compound in Pakistan early on May 2, Pakistani time. In announcing the death, Obama called bin Laden “a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.”

02 May 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

01 May 2011 Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden

20 April 2011 Security Council Strengthens Global Nonproliferation and Counterterrorism Measures  Today, the United Nations Security Council reaffirmed its strong commitment to international nonproliferation and counterterrorism efforts by unanimously adopting resolution 1977, and extending the mandate of the 1540 Committee for 10 years. Resolution 1977 reaffirms Security Council resolution 1540, which obliges states to implement measures to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

29 March 2011 U.S. and EU Launch Formal Negotiations for an Agreement to Protect Personal Information Exchanged in the Context of Fighting Crime and Terrorism

24 March 2011 Secretary Clinton on the bombing in Jerusalem

07 March 2011 Statement by President Barack Obama: New Actions on Guantanamo Bay and Detainee Policy
  • Fact Sheet: Guantanamo and Detainee Policy (PDF - 36Kb)
  • Executive Order on Periodic Review (PDF - 24Kb)

02 March 2011 Obama on Shooting of American Service Members in Germany

10 February 2011 Terrorism Still Top U.S. Security Threat The top U.S. intelligence officer says that terrorism remains the greatest threat to the nation, although the primary threat from the al-Qaida terrorist group has been weakened.

09 February 2011 U.S. Adapts Counterterrorism Efforts to Evolving Threats  The U.S. is continually adapting its "counterterrorism techniques to effectively detect, deter and prevent terrorist acts," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says.

04 January 2011 Assassination of Punjab Provincial Governor Press Statement by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the assassination in Pakistan of Punjab Provincial Governor Salmaan Taseer.

03 January 2011 U.S. Condemns Attacks in Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq
President Obama and other U.S. government officials condemned deadly terrorist bombings that targeted Christians in Egypt and Iraq and people gathering in Nigeria for New Year’s celebrations.
 • Statement by the President

25 December 2010 President Obama Condemns Terrorist Attack in Khar, Pakistan

15 December 2010 Terror Attack on Iranian Mosque "Disgraceful," Obama Says   President Obama denounced a bombing attack targeting Iranian civilians in Chabahar as "disgraceful and cowardly" and said that those who carried out the attack "must be held accountable."

24 November 2010 Clinton on Second Anniversary of Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

17 November 2010 Cooperation Is Effective in Countering Terrorism  A global threat such as terrorism demands that nations work more closely together than ever to prevent new attacks and disrupt terrorist groups, and for nearly a decade this collaboration has been working, says the State Department’s top counterterrorism official.

09 November 2010 U.S. Makes Offer to Remove Sudan from Terror List   The United States has conditioned its willingness to accelerate the process of removing Sudan from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism provided that Sudan fully implements its obligations under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), including preparing and conducting a January 9, 2011, referendum in southern Sudan and respecting the referendum results.

06 November 2010 Obama Praises India's Resolve Against Terrorism  President Obama paid tribute to terror victims and the resilience of Indian society in the face of security threats, and said the United States and India are cooperating more closely than ever against terrorism.

04 November 2010 Treasury Imposes Sanctions on Two Pakistan-Based Terror Groups   The U.S. Treasury Department announced actions November 4 against the financial and support networks of the Pakistan-based terrorist groups Lashkar-e Tayyiba and Jaish-e Mohammed.  Treasury has imposed sanctions to seize or freeze the assets of key leaders from the two terrorist groups who have been involved in terrorist attacks in India in recent years.

01 November 2010 U.S. Allies, Good Security Helped Prevent Cargo Bomb Attacks   The Obama administration credits the diligence and cooperation of security services from the United States and its partners overseas for identifying and neutralizing two bombs placed aboard cargo jets bound for the United States.

30 October 2010 Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister David Cameron on the terrorist plot
 • Statement by the President on the Security Alert [Whitehouse.gov video]
 • Summary of President Obama’s Call with Saudi King Abdullah

29 September 2010 Aviation Continues to Be Terrorist Target, U.S. Official Says  The United Nations aviation body says a ban on passengers carrying liquids on international flights may be lifted as soon as 2012, but U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says it’s too early to tell.

08 September 2010 Rice on Review of U.N. Global Counterterrorism Strategy  Says United States supports U.N.'s plan of action against terrorism.

24 August 2010 U.S. Condemns Outrageous Attack by al-Shabaab on Somali Hotel  Obama administration officials condemned an attack on a Mogadishu hotel that reportedly left 30 dead, including six parliament members in Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), and said the United States will continue to partner with countries in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere against terrorism and violent extremists.

20 August 2010 Statement by Secretary Clinton on the One-Year Anniversary of the Release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi "Regrettably, today is the one-year anniversary of the release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

05 August 2010 Fact Sheet: State Department releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2009
 • More on the Country Reports on Terrorism 2009

05 August 2010 Terrorist Attacks, Fatalities from Attacks Declined in 2009   The number of terrorist attacks worldwide in 2009 fell by about 6 percent from the previous year, and the number of deaths from these attacks declined by about 5 percent — marking the second consecutive year that attacks and fatalities from terrorism declined.

23 July 2010 State Department on Haqqani Network Designation in Pakistan  Response to question on designation of individuals associated with al-Qaida.

21 July 2010 Clinton Says Pakistan Showing Greater Commitment Against Terror  The Pakistani government has become "very serious" about fighting the violent extremist organizations within its borders, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says, and while there is more work to be done she envisions greater cooperation between the United States and Pakistan against terrorist groups as more trust is built between the two governments.

19 July 2010 Secretary Clinton's response to U.S. Senators on the Release of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi

15 July 2010 U.S. Says Attacks in Uganda Are “Real Concern”  When the Somalia-based al-Shabaab terrorist group claimed that it had carried out the July 11 attacks in Uganda, it created a “real concern for us and for Africans,” says the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, Daniel Benjamin.

08 July 2010 Obama on U.S.-EU Agreement on Terrorist Finance Tracking Program   Welcomes European Parliament’s decision to approve new agreement.

09 May 2010 Secretary Clinton's Interview with Scott Pelley of CBS 60 Minutes

08 May 2010 Obama's Interview on Channel Rossiya, Russian TV  Discusses Russian-American relations, the New START Treaty and Iran.

22 April 2010 Reports of Syrian Arms Transfers to Hizballah Raise Concerns  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is concerned by reports that suggest Syria is transferring arms to the Iranian-backed Hizballah militia group in Lebanon. She also said the return of a U.S. ambassador to Damascus would improve communication between Syria and the United States.

14 April 2010 Summit Achieves Commitments to Prevent Nuclear Terror  Obama administration national security officials say the April 12–13 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington succeeded not only in increasing international recognition of the shared threat from nuclear terrorism, but also resulted in concrete actions and decisions from the participants, ranging from increasing the security of nuclear materials and expertise to reducing the availability of highly enriched uranium and plutonium.

06 April 2010 Nuclear Security Summit to Meet in Washington  President Obama will host a nuclear security summit in Washington April 12 and 13 to enhance international cooperation in preventing nuclear terrorism, a danger he has identified as the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. He has invited more than 40 nations to participate, nations that represent a diverse set of regions and various levels of nuclear materials, energy and expertise.

18 March 2010 CIA Director: U.S. Attacks Have Weakened al-Qaida  CIA Director Leon Panetta says aggressive attacks against al-Qaida in Pakistan have forced Osama bin Laden and his top associates deeper into hiding, and weakened the terrorist group’s ability to plan sophisticated operations. Panetta told the Washington Post newspaper that in a recently intercepted message an al-Qaida lieutenant urged bin Laden to come to the group’s rescue and provide leadership.

17 February 2010 Capture of Taliban Leader “A Significant Win,” White House Says   The Obama administration confirmed reports that the Pakistani government has Afghan Taliban military commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in custody, saying the capture of the movement’s number two leader is a big success for U.S. and Pakistani cooperation against violent extremism in the South Asia region. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that Pakistan recognizes extremists within its borders pose “an existential threat” to their country.

04 February 2010 Global Threat Reduction  Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins, Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, speaking at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic and International Security in London, UK.

07 January 2010 Obama Announces Enhanced Airline Security Measures  The United States is strengthening airline security measures and taking other corrective actions in the aftermath of a thwarted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day, announced President Obama. Obama outlined four areas that two top-level reviews have indicated need correcting to prevent a similar incident from happening. However, part of the problem, the president said, is that the U.S. intelligence community had sufficient information about the alleged terrorist and the possibility of an attack, but because of lapses and miscues, authorities did not intercept him before he boarded a flight to the United States from Europe.
 • Remarks by the President on Strengthening Intelligence and Aviation Security
 • Read the summary of the security review (White House, PDF, 409KB)
 • Read the President's Directive on corrective actions (White House, PDF, 153KB)

07 January 2009 Background Briefing Following Security Review  Background Briefing by Senior State Department Officials following release of Security Review conducted after the failed Christmas terrorist attack.

05 January 2010 Intelligence Not Fully Analyzed Before Airline Attack, Obama Says  President Obama says a Nigerian man affiliated with al-Qaida in the Arabia Peninsula was able to board a U.S.-bound flight with explosives on December 25, 2009, because U.S. intelligence officials had failed to “connect the dots” of information that could have prevented him from being allowed onto the aircraft.

04 January 2010 Remarks by Secretary Clinton, Qatar Prime Minister Al-Thani  They discuss their meeting held at State Department in Washington.

01 January 2010 Clinton on Terrorist Attack in Pakistan  United States strongly condemns attack, offers condolences.

29 December 209 President Obama on Review of Terrorist “Watchlisting System”  Directs examination of all intelligence on suspect in airliner attack.

29 December 2009 President Obama on Aviation Security Procedures  Directs immediate review of aviation screening technology.

29 December 2009 Obama: United States Doing Everything to Protect Americans President Obama says those responsible for the attempted Christmas Day attack on an American airliner will be held to account. In his first public comments on the incident, Obama also outlined additional steps to improve air safety. The president said many questions surround the attempted attack and that the search for answers is well under way. “A full investigation has been launched into this attempted act of terrorism. And we will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable,” he said.

28 December 2009 U.S. to Review Security Procedures After Detroit Airline Incident  The Obama administration is reviewing U.S. terror monitoring procedures after a Nigerian man attempted to blow up an airliner as it approached the city of Detroit. Administration officials say the suspect’s name had been entered into a U.S. security database, but had not been added to a “no-fly” list.
 • Statement by President Obama

15 December 2009 Presidential Memorandum--Closure of Dentention Facilities at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

19 November 2009 Counterterrorism: Press Conference with Secretary Clinton at U.S. Embassy Kabul

19 November 2009 U.S. Welcomes Armed Repulsion of Pirate Attack  The United States on November 18 welcomed the repulsion of a band of pirates by gunfire from a private security team on a ship off the northeastern coast of Somalia.Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the department is pleased with the success of the team on board the Maersk Alabama, the same ship that was hijacked in April when it did not have a security team onboard. In that incident, pirates held the ship’s captain hostage until an elite unit of U.S. military snipers freed him.

30 October 2009 Senate Vote Marks Next Step in Complex Effort to Close Guantánamo Shortly after his inauguration, President Obama called for the closure of the detention facility at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba within a year, banned use of torture in interrogations, pledged adherence to the Geneva Conventions, and created a task force to develop a new policy for detainees.

17 September 2009 Director of National Intelligence Remarks on Cyber-Infrastructure  Blair says best defenses should be shared with private sector.

24 August 2009 Obama Creates New Unit to Handle High-Level Interrogations  In an effort to gain more intelligence through “scientifically proven means,” the Obama administration has created a “high-value interrogation group” with responsibility for interrogating key detainees who are believed to have useful information on violent extremist groups, a White House spokesman says.

06 August 2009 Obama Aide on a New Approach to Safeguarding Americans  Remarks by assistant to the president for homeland security.

31 July 2009 Obama Praises Philippines for Counterterrorism Progress  President Obama praised the government of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for progress in dealing with counterterrorism issues and initiating a peace process in Mindanao. Obama said that the peace process to rein in terrorists in Mindanao has the potential to bring peace and stability to a region of the island nation that has been the source of unrest for too long.

21 July 2009 Department of Justice Detention Policy Task Force Issues Preliminary Report  The Department of Justice and Department of Defense today announced that the Detention Policy Task Force, which was created pursuant to Executive Order 13493, has issued a preliminary report on military commissions and a process for the determination of prosecution forum for trials of suspected terrorists.

21 May 2009 Obama Sets Framework for Trying Terrorist Detainees  Saying that this generation of Americans faces "a great test in the specter of terrorism," Obama laid out a framework for how the U.S. will proceed in trying and treating detainees accused of acts of terrorism that conforms to accepted U.S. legal practice, and how they will be confined if convicted by U.S. federal district courts or revised military commissions.

21 May 2009 Remarks of President Barack Obama on Protecting Our Security and Our Values

16 April 2009 Statement of President Barack Obama on Release of OLC Memos  These Office of Legal Counsel memos speak to techniques that were used in the interrogation of terrorism suspects during the period between 2002 and 2005.

23 January 2009 Analysis: Obama Offers New Approach to Counterterrorism  President Obama plans to continue building robust global partnerships to confront terrorism, but he has already signaled in his first days in office a new American approach to facing extremist violence.

Detainees

11 June 2009 White House Document on Obama's Plan for Guantánamo Bay  (IIPDigital) Series of documents on issues central to Obama administration’s agenda.

11 June 2009 U.S. and Europeans Agree on Resettling Guantánamo Detainees (IIPDigital)

11 June 2009 Four Uighur Guantánamo Detainees Resettled in Bermuda  (IIPDigital)

29 April 2009 Remarks by Attorney General Holder at American Academy of Berlin  (IIPDigital)Holder says Europe and America must join together to close Guantanamo.

29 January 2009 U.S. Delegate on Closure of Guantánamo Detention Center  (IIPDigital)

22 January 2009 Obama Orders Guantánamo Shut Down (IIPDigital)  President Obama issued orders closing the detention center at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba within a year and placing new restrictions on interrogation of terrorism suspects. "The message we are sending around the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism and we are going to do so vigilantly," Obama said at a January 22 White House signing ceremony.

See also:

 

Intelligence Reform

09 December 2009 Hearing on Five Years after the Intelligence Reform & Terrorism Act: Stopping Terrorist Travel (State.gov)

August 2009 National Intelligence Strategy of the United States (PDF)

17 December 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004: Title VII--Implementation of 9/11 Commission Recommendations (State.gov)

18 August 2011 U.S. Terrorism Report Cites Attacks in 72 Countries in 2010

Chronologies

Other materials may also be found on the website of the Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State.

The Pan Am 103 Bombing, Lockerbie, Scotland, 21 December 1988

21 December 2011 Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Annual Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Service  "None of us will ever forget that terrible moment, when so many lives were stolen – and others shattered – by a shameful and senseless act of cowardice.   The losses that resulted – in the air, and on the ground – not only shook the families of the passengers, crewmembers, and innocent bystanders in Lockerbie, Scotland, who were killed on December 21st, 1988.   They also shocked the world, and had a dramatic and far-reaching impact on international affairs – creating a new global community of mourners, supporters, and advocates."

01 September 2011 Secretary Clinton's Remarks in Paris on Libya  "And as I have said many times, the United States categorically disagrees with the decision that was made two years ago by the Scottish executive to release al-Megrahi and return him to Libya.  We have never wavered from our disagreement and condemnation of that decision"

26 July 2010 U.S. Letter Regarding Continued Detention of Megrahi  The July 25 Sunday Times article, “Revealed: US double-talk on Lockerbie,” included leaked excerpts of the August 12, 2009 letter from U.S. Embassy Chargé Richard LeBaron to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.  The article does not accurately reflect the strong and consistent opposition of the U.S. government to the release or transfer under any scenario of convicted PanAm 103 bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi.  We are therefore taking the exceptional step of releasing the full text of this letter and have informed British and Scottish authorities. 

20 July 2010 Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Availability  " I’ve been absolutely clear about this right from the start, and in our meeting we had what we call a “violent agreement,” which is that releasing the Lockerbie bomber, a mass murderer of 270 people, the largest act of terrorism ever committed in the United Kingdom, was completely wrong."

20 August 2009 Scotland’s Release of Pan Am 103 Bomber Disappointing, U.S. Says  The Obama administration says it is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Scottish Executive to release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, the only individual convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

19 July 2010 U.S. Secretary of State Clinton's response to U.S. Senators on the Release of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi

See also:

 • Lockerbie Trial In-Depth at the BBC News archive.

CyberSecurity

  • CyberSecurity policy