Date: 07/19/2017 Description: Release of Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 - State Dept Image

Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Siberell (July 19): "The total number of terrorist attacks in 2016 decreased by 9 percent, and total deaths due to terrorist attacks decreased by 13 percent compared to 2015." Full Text» More» Report»

Date: 2017 Description: Technician probes carefully for a buried Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq. © Janus

July 17: The United States is committed to addressing the serious problem improvised explosive devices (IEDs) pose by establishing and implementing measures to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the impact of IED attacks. DipNote»

Special Envoy McGurk (July 13): "There is no question ... that three years into this global effort we stand united, 72 members from around the globe in common purpose -- the destruction of ISIS and the protection of our own citizens and homelands through our joint cooperation." Full Text» Briefing» More»

Department Press Briefing

July 18, 2017

In Other News

Travel to Austria

Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon is traveling to Vienna, Austria, July 20-22, to lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. More»


Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

Spokesperson Nauert (July 19): "We urge the Russian authorities to lift the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities in Russia, to reverse the closing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, and to release any members of religious minorities that continue to be unjustly detained for so-called 'extremist' activities." Full Text»


New Iran-Related Sanctions

Spokesperson Nauert (July 18): "The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity." Full Text»

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