Uncategorized US to host counterterror summit amid attacks in West

US to host counterterror summit amid attacks in West

Barack Obama(AA) – The Obama administration will kick off a three-day counter terrorism summit in Washington on Tuesday amid an uptick in terror attacks in the West.

The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism will focus on opposing extremist violence at the domestic and international levels. It was announced in January shortly after a series of attacks in Paris that left 12 dead at a French satirical magazine, and four dead at a kosher market.

The meetings will not focus solely on the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

ISIL has been a prime extremist recruiter drawing members from across the globe, including Europe and the U.S., to come to its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and has inspired extremists in North Africa, Europe and Canada to carry out grisly acts of violence.

The summit seeks to build upon a 2011 national strategy paper released by the administration that emphasized local outreach efforts to combat radicalization.

Vice President Joe Biden will open the summit with a roundtable discussion with representatives from three cities whose community outreach programs the administration seeks to highlight – Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

President Barack Obama will address a gathering at the White House on Wednesday, followed by an address to representatives from more than 60 countries at the State Department on Thursday.