​US Department of State: Azerbaijan actively engaged in combating terrorism

The US State Department published its annual report on combating terrorism in the world for 2014

Baku. 20 June. REPORT.AZ/ US State Department published its annual report on combating terrorism in the world for 2014,  Report informs citing the official website of the US State Department. According the report, 'Azerbaijan maintained its strong counterterrorism cooperation with the United States and actively opposed terrorist organizations seeking to move people, money, and material through the Caucasus'.

"The country remained focused on its counterterrorism efforts, to include prosecuting numerous individuals under statutes related to terrorism, confiscating sizeable quantities of illegal arms and munitions, and seeking to arrest foreign terrorist fighters returning to Azerbaijan from conflicts abroad.", - the report said.

It is noted that in Azerbaijan had also amended its law on terrorism to stiffen penalties for involvement in foreign mercenary activity.

The report says that Azerbaijan indicated its willingness to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by continuing to share information and working to disrupt the flow of foreign terrorist fighters to Iraq and Syria and of illicit funding to support violent extremist groups there..

"Influential figures, including the heads of the Caucasus Muslim Board and the State Committee for Work with Religious Associations, undertook efforts to counter ISIL ideology publicly", - the report says.

It stresses that Azerbaijan remained an active member of the OSCE, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and other regional organizations. Azerbaijan also continued to work with NATO on counterterrorism initiatives. Additionally, Azerbaijan took part in working group meetings of Caspian Sea littoral states to coordinate law enforcement efforts aimed at combating terrorism as well as smuggling, narcotics trafficking, and organized crime.

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