Department of State releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

Muslim militant with black fabric obscuring his head and face can be seen facing away. A rifle is draped over his shoulder.The Department of State has released Country Reports on Terrorism 2017, an annual report on terrorism activity in countries around the world. This report is accompanied by the Annex of Statistical Information: Country Reports on Terrorism 2017, prepared by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism [START] at the University of Maryland. Together, these two resources provide a comprehensive view of terrorist activity in 2017.

Nathan A. Sales, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, stated via teleconference,

“Country Reports on Terrorism is an important document laying out the United States Government’s assessment of recent counterterrorism trends and highlighting some of the efforts that we and our partners have taken to combat groups like ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], al-Qaida, Iran-backed threats, and other terrorist groups of global reach.”

The report includes chapters on Foreign Sponsors of Terrorism, Terrorist Safe Havens, and Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

Key trends identified in the report include:

  • An increasingly complex terrorist landscape as ISIS, al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have become more dispersed and clandestine due to increased pressure in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen.
  • Iran’s continued support of terrorist groups such as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force and the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hizballah.
  • U.S. has lead efforts to stop the flow of money to terrorists by designating 30 organizations and individuals, including top ISIS and al-Qa’ida leaders, as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) and/or Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

The United States remains committed collaborating with allies around the world to confront the threat of terrorism. Information-sharing, improving aviation security, enhancing law enforcement and rule of law are proven strategies that have been found to reduce terrorist radicalization and recruitment.

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