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Nov 17, 2016 0 Comments

Peru summit provides opportunity to ramp up fight against ISIS Articles / Opinion Editorials


When President Barack Obama visits Lima this week for a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, the fight against Islamist terrorism should be at the very top of his agenda.  In the last year, ISIS affiliates have appeared in Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, the Caribbean, and Brazil, to name a few. A terrorist plot by ISIS affiliate Ansar al-Khilafah targeting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was fortunately foiled.

The counterterrorism success in Brazil was a combined effort by local and international authorities who acted quickly to thwart 12 Brazilian jihadists planning to emulate the November 2015 Paris attacks by ISIS. The catalyst enabling the Brazilian Federal Police to uncover this plot was the country’s first antiterrorism legislation enacted this past March. This new law gave Brazilian officials the legal authority to case, survey, arrest, and convict Islamist terrorists before they act.

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