US counterterrorism strategy calls for greater allies’ involvement

  • Giorgio Sirtori
  • 10.5.2017 12:01

On 5 May, an 11-page draft of the United States (US) counter-terrorism strategy, aiming to avoid “costly, large-scale US military interventions” and pass over more responsibilities to US allies, was released to the media. It paints a complex scenario, with threats which, with the emergence of the Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups, has "diversified in size, scope and complexity”.

The draft also acknowledges that terrorism "cannot be defeated with any sort of finality." Islamic militants have spread and “merged under a global jihadist ideology”, putting homeland security at stake. Contrary to the document, the Trump administration has so far increased its involvement in Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan rather than scale back, and recent rumours suggest that 3,000 more troops are likely to be sent to Afghanistan. The US has also exchanged threats with North Korea and has repeatedly asked NATO and its individual allies to increase their defence spending and to offer a greater contribution. The enhanced activity has already been reflected in a rise of casualties. 

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