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Bureau of Counterterrorism


Our Mission

The Bureau of Counterterrorism's mission is to promote U.S. national security by taking a leading role in developing coordinated strategies and approaches to defeat terrorism abroad and securing the counterterrorism cooperation of international partners.

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Policy Issues

Country Reports on Terrorism

U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.

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Terrorist Designations

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

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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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