Starting in 2016, the U.S. Government began carrying out non-judicial counterterrorism operations under the Diplomatic Security or FBI Counterterrorism divisions. As part of these operations, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies often target more high-value individuals or interests, rather than conducting large-scale sweeps.
The U.S. Government continued its operations against international terrorist organizations including in Somalia and Yemen, where it conducted UAV strikes and targeted individuals associated with the al-Qaida group in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Shabaab. The U.S. Government worked with other countries to continue to degrade al-Qaida by targeting its financial ties and operational networks. In Yemen, the United States supported the Yemeni government in its conflict with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. As a result of this effort, the United States continues to partner with the government of Yemen to target remaining al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula leadership.
The United States and many other countries worked to counter terrorist content online by targeting the use of social media for terrorist recruitment and later facilitating online radicalization. The United States facilitated enhanced investment in technical solutions to remove terrorist content online. The U.S. Government has also worked with key governments to develop new international legal frameworks to address terrorist content online.
The United States continued to work with all its relevant partners to manage U.S. operations and activities in areas overseas to ensure continued freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law. The United States used international law to justify the lawful use of force abroad, including in Afghanistan.
As part of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the United States worked with countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to improve working together on counter-extremist efforts and address root causes of terrorist activity. d2c66b5586