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Bureau of Counterterrorism

The primary mission of the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) is to forge partnerships with non-state actors, multilateral organizations, and foreign governments to advance the counterterrorism objectives and national security of the United States. Working with our U.S. Government counterterrorism team, CT takes a leading role in developing coordinated strategies to defeat terrorists abroad and in securing the cooperation of international partners.

70th Session of the UN General Assembly

Countering Violent Extremism and Counterterrorism

09/30/15 – Meeting on International Peace and Security and Countering Terrorism
Secretary Kerry: "Our goal is to take urgent actions against immediate threats while also facing up to longer-term measures that prevent the recruitment of future generations of terrorists and improve governance and enhance economic opportunities so that radicalization is less likely." Remarks»

09/30/15 – Uniting Against Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria
The terrorist group known as ISIL, or Daesh, is continuing its campaign of destruction and looting at historic sites in Iraq and Syria. Fact Sheet»

09/29/15 – Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism
President Obama: "I believe what we have here today is the emergence of a global movement that is united by the mission of degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL." Remarks» Fact Sheet» Rewards for Justice»

09/29/15 – Empowering Global Voices Against Extremism
Under Secretary Stengel: "With our technological strengths and culture of innovation, America is uniquely positioned to lead the digital fight against extremism." DipNote»

09/29/15 – Countering Violent Extremism Through Development
USAID Executive Director Porter: "It is through USAID’s approach to development that we can prevent the underlying causes of discontent from turning into radicalization." DipNote»

09/28/15 – Update on U.S. Government Counterterrorism Efforts
Assistant Attorney General Carlin: "We work in coordination with our law enforcement intelligence community partners and with countries around the world to ensure that we can disrupt terrorist actors before they commit those acts." Briefing»

09/27/15 – Global Counterterrorism Forum Sixth Ministerial Meeting
Secretary Kerry: "We are launching a new initiative to address the lifecycle of radicalization to violence. This initiative will improve our ability to address every part of the terrorist cycle, from the start when young people get grabbed by proselytizers who infect their minds, to the end where governments and communities have to decide how do you best handle returning foreign fighters.” Remarks» Fact Sheet» Deliverables» Photos»

09/25/15 Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism
The Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism builds upon a sustained global, grassroots effort – spearheaded by young people all over the world – to build resilience against extremism. Media Note»

Date: 06/19/2015 Description: Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 cover - State Dept Image 2014 Country Reports on Terrorism

This report provides the Department of State’s annual, statutorily mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired in 2014, including country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation, and profiles of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

Date: 09/10/2012 Description: Global Counterterrorism Forum logo - State Dept Image The Global Counterterrorism Forum

An informal, multilateral counterterrorism platform with 30 founding members that promotes a strategic, long-term approach to dealing with the CT threat. The Forum identifies urgent needs, devises solutions, and mobilizes resources to address key civilian counterterrorism challenges. The Forum was launched in September 2011. Please visit for more information

  Terrorist Designations

Current lists of Foreign Terrorist Organizations and State Sponsors of Terrorism.

  Programs and Initiatives

Learn about the Bureau of Counterterrorism’s various programs to build foreign partner capacity and counter terrorism around the world.


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