White House Issues National Strategy for Counterterrorism

On June 29, 2011, the White House released the National Strategy for Counterterrorism as part of the President’s National Security Strategy. The principal focus of the counterterrorism strategy is on the network that poses the most direct and significant threat to the United States—al-Qa’ida, its affiliates, and its adherents. One of the specific goals of the strategy most closely tied to the counter-terrorist financing component of FinCEN’s mission is the U.S. Government’s efforts to deprive al-Qa’ida and its affiliates of their enabling means, including illicit financing.