General Article Counter-terrorism strategy

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About the counter-terrorism strategy

The key aim of the counter-terrorism strategy is to reduce the risk from international terrorism so that people can go about their business freely and with confidence.

Who is involved?

Developing and delivering the government's counter-terrorism strategy involves stakeholders from across government departments, the emergency services, voluntary organisations, the business sector and partners from across the world.

What is the strategy based on?

Since early 2003, the United Kingdom has had a long-term strategy for countering international terrorism (known within government as CONTEST). Its aim is to reduce the risk from international terrorism, so that people can go about their daily lives freely and with confidence. The strategy is divided into four principal strands: Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare.


The Prevent strand is concerned with tackling the radicalisation of individuals, both in the UK and elsewhere, which sustains the inte...

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