President Trump’s National Strategy for Counterterrorism

Malian soldiers from the 512th Motorised Infantry company complete their training by U.S. Special Forces, top, in the desert near Timbuktu in Mali, Thursday, March 18, 2004. The training is part of the U.S. Pan-Sahel Initiative which aims to secure the Sahel region from being used by terrorists. (AP

Press Statement

Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State

Washington, DC

October 4, 2018

Today’s terrorist threats are more complex, fluid, and fast-moving than ever. Terrorist groups and networks such as al-Qa`ida, ISIS, and Iranian-supported terrorists continue to target us, our allies, and partners. We must combat these threats through a comprehensive and coordinated approach. Earlier today, President Trump announced a new National Strategy for Counterterrorism that brings to bear all facets of American power to protect our people and interests.

The President’s strategy emphasizes the importance of diplomacy and the role of international partnerships in combating the terrorist threats we face. The strategy recognizes the need for all nations to equitably share the burden of confronting terrorism, to expand the counterterrorism capabilities of our partners, and to work collaboratively to defeat the terrorists of today and tomorrow. As such, the State Department, in close coordination with other federal agencies, will continue to work with our allies and partners to implement the policies and tools necessary to eliminate our terrorist enemies and their networks of support.