Counterterrorism is the use of personnel and resources to preempt, disrupt, or destroy capabilities of terrorists and their support networks. Counterterrorism is inherently an offensive, as opposed to defensive, approach to the threat, involving diplomacy, intelligence operations, law enforcement, military operations, and counterterrorism training.


The diplomatic dimension of counterterrorism traditionally is associated with foreign relations and international terrorism, but it is also applicable when fighting domestic terrorism. Diplomacy is the art of persuading others to do things that serve mutual interests. The diplomatic component of counterterrorism encompasses activities such as persuading Lebanon to close down terrorist training camps, securing Pakistan's permission to arrest and render Ramzi Ahmed Yousef to U.S. authorities, or the FBI sharing information with local police to prevent a terrorist attack. The use of diplomacy involves reaching international consensus on how to handle issues ranging from aviation security to tagging explosives to imposing sanctions on ...

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