COUNTERTERRORISM became a mission against all terrorist groups – both in the United States and abroad – after the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The people who make up the US Bureau of Counterterrorism direct the State Department on all matters related to terrorism.
What is Counter Terrorism?
The most basic definition of counter-terrorism comes from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which defines it as: “measures taken to combat or prevent terrorism”.
According to the United Nations, terrorism is: “A method of coercion that uses violence or threats of violence to incite fear and thereby achieve political or ideological ends.”
Counter-terrorism in the US government has its own office.
According to their website, “The Bureau of Counterterrorism directs the State Department in government-wide efforts to combat terrorism abroad and protect the United States from foreign terrorist threats.”
How is a terrorist attack different from other forms of violence?
A terrorist attack is unexpected, incites fear to further the group’s ideology, and kills indiscriminately, typically against innocent civilians.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, international support for more effective counter-terrorism measures has increased significantly.
This is crucial as there is evidence of an increase in export and globalization by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS (aka ISIL).
Many have infiltrated social media with their ideologies and have been successful in recruiting Americans and members from other western nations.
What measures are being taken to stop terrorism?
While President Biden withdrew troops from Afghanistan in 2021, there are still special teams fighting terrorists from nearby bases.
He spoke on Monday, August 1, 2022 at the White House on a successful mission.
According to a senior White House official: “Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counter-terrorism operation against a key al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan.
“The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties.”
This target has been confirmed to be al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was killed in a US drone strike.
Who was Aiman al-Zawahiri?
Ayman al-Zawahiri was an Egyptian-born terrorist who reportedly founded the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.
In 1998, the group merged with Al Qaeda, and after the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded him as Al Qaeda leader.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US State Department offered $25 million for any information that might help them locate and apprehend Ayman al-Zawahiri.
He was reportedly killed in a United States airstrike near Kabul on July 31, 2022.
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