State Department Issues Country Reports on Terrorism

pins upside down on a mapThe Department of State released the annual report titled Country Reports on Terrorism (2018) covering countries and groups that meet the criteria under the Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2652f (the “Act”). Specifically, the report contains detailed information on country profiles and identifies state sponsors of terrorism. In addition, the report covers issues of Chemical, Biological, or Nuclear (CBRN) terrorism along with a list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).

As determined by the Act, the report reviews key developments in bilateral and multilateral counterterrorism cooperation. In particular, each country profile includes details on recent developments in terrorist activity and terrorist incidents followed by relevant legislation, law enforcement, and border security measures. Furthermore, the report provides information on countering the financing of terrorism and violent extremism. Overall, the report emphasizes the role of a wide range of diplomatic, law enforcement, military, intelligence, financial, and other tools in dismantling terrorist organizations worldwide.

Among the key findings, the Country Reports highlight the following emerging issues:

  • The United States and its partners made major strides to defeat and degrade international terrorist organizations in 2018;
  • Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism;
  • Al-Qa’ida (AQ) remains resilient and poses an enduring threat to the United States;
  • The increased use of commercially available drones and encrypted communications presents new challenges for counterterrorism efforts;
  • Combating terrorist financing and restricting terrorist travel represent key element in defeating terrorist groups globally; and
  • Global engagements with international partners continue to play an important role in countering terrorist radicalization and recruitment.

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