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Deputy Secretary Comments on State of Counterterrorism Efforts at Global Counterterrorism Forum Plenary

Dec 15th, 2012 al-Qaida, Terrorism

The U.S. Department of State released a transcript of remarks made by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns at the Global Counterterrorism Forum Plenary in Abu Dhabi, UAE on December 14. The Deputy Secretary emphasized that the meeting took place “at a pivotal moment in our fight against violent extremism . . .  Al-Qaeda is finding it more difficult to raise money, train recruits, and plan attacks outside the region [and its] leadership has been dealt serious blows.”

Acknowledging the remaining terrorist threats facing the international community, Deputy Secretary Burns went on to describe the goals being instilled in an effort to combat these threats, according to the State Department transcript. Namely, the plan is to increase interest in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, watch and respond to their progress and evolution, and institute long-term solutions that “will yield lasting results.”

You can read the full speech made by Deputy Secretary Burns here.

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