Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism

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The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism is a State Department office which coordinates all United States Government efforts to improve counterterrorism cooperation with foreign governments and participates in the development, coordination, and implementation of American counterterrorism policy. The office is currently (as of August 2007) headed by Ambassador at Large Henry A. Crumpton, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

The United States Counterterrorism Policy has four main aims:

  • to make no concessions to terrorists and strike no deals;
  • to bring terrorists to justice for their crimes;
  • to isolate and apply pressure on states that sponsor terrorism to force them to change their behavior; and
  • to bolster the counterterrorism capabilities of those countries that work with the U.S. and require assistance.

Regarding international terrorism, the U.S. Government will make no concessions to individuals or groups holding official or private U.S. citizens hostage. The United States will use every appropriate resource to gain the safe return of American citizens held hostage. At the same time, it is U.S. Government policy to deny hostage takers the benefits of ransom, prisoner releases, policy changes, or other acts of concession.


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