"In recent years, the international community has made important strides in the fight against violent extremism in all its forms. We’ve worked together to disrupt terrorist financing; pass new and more effective counterterrorism laws; tighten border, aviation and maritime security; and improve international coordination. Over the past decade, more than 120,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested around the world, and more than 35,000 have been convicted. Usama bin Ladin is dead, al-Qaida’s core leadership ranks have been devastated, and many of its affiliates have lost key operatives. Our citizens are safer because of the work we have done together."
"While there have been measured successes, we remain concerned over the threats posed by the illicit trafficking of arms and terrorism and welcome the recommendations on these challenges put forth in the Report of the Assessment Mission. We concur that we must address the situation on a national, regional, and international level through an ‘overarching framework’ that includes all of the affected countries. The United Nations, along with the African Union and other relevant organizations, should play a greater role in coordinating these efforts."

Remarks by Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at Security Council Briefing on Peace and Security in Africa, January 26, 2012

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Attack in Mogadishu

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the bombing by al-Shabaab today in Mogadishu. Time and again, al-Shabaab has demonstrated the bankruptcy of its ideology by killing and kidnapping aid workers, sowing chaos, and targeting innocent Somalis. Among the many murdered today were students and their parents who were seeking scholarships to study abroad. Moreover, that this heinous attack takes place in the midst of an unprecedented famine, with hundreds of thousands suffering and desperate, demonstrates once again that al-Shabaab has no regard for human dignity and no place in Somalia’s future. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the victims and stand with the people and transitional government of Somalia as they recover from this atrocity."

Countering Terrorism: U.N. Security Council Resolution 1373

Yesterday, September 28, 2011, marked the 10th anniversary of a U.N. Security Council resolution that gave the international community a framework for countering terrorism.

As a result, many states have revised existing or adopted new counterterrorism laws and ratified and implemented the universal instruments against terrorism. In addition, the committee has identified capacity gaps and engaged with a range of national and multilateral entities to help countries receive the training or other help they need. Read More

"All of us are here because we recognize the threat that terrorism poses to people everywhere. We understand terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but, unfortunately, given advances in technology and communication and travel and so many other of the ways we live together today, terrorism has become truly global and, unfortunately, an ongoing threat to us all…The [GCTF] has the potential to have a double impact: improving the coordination of counterterrorism efforts across borders and between regions, and helping countries address terrorist threats within their own borders."
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, New York, September 22, 2011
U.S. Department of State: Attack on U.S. Embassy Kabul


Dust rises after firing by Taliban militants in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 13, 2011. [AP Photo]

U.S. Embassy Kabul Spokesperson Kerri Hannan confirmed an attack today on the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. In a statement, Ms. Hannan said:

“The U.S. Embassy confirms an attack occurred today in the area of the U.S. Embassy, including RPG and small arms fire. Four Afghans were injured in the…

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