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PODCAST: Fighting the online terror threat

Counter-terrorism is one of the lesser-known subjects covered by the UN, but attempts to improve international cooperation to combat terrorism have grown in recent years, particularly since the 2001 plane attacks against the US.

On today’s episode of The Lid Is On, Jennifer Bramlette from the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), and Adam Hadley from Tech Against Terrorism, a public-private partnership, join Conor Lennon to talk about the pervasive threat posed by the use of online technology by terror groups, and how Governments can fight back.

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Terror threat remains “persistent and credible” UN counter-terror expert says

The threat of terrorism remains “persistent and credible”, the head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) has said.

Jean-Paul Laborde made the remarks ahead of a briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Friday on the flow of foreign terrorist fighters around the world.

In September the Council adopted a resolution that requires all Member States to take strong measures against foreign terrorist fighters.

Internet, social media help ISIL recruit 30,000 fighters

The terrorist organization ISIL has used the internet and social media to recruit at least 30,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 countries to fight in Syria and Iraq.

That’s according to a top UN official, speaking Thursday at an unprecedented event, exploring the exploitation of new technologies by terrorist groups.

Veronica Reeves brings us the story.

Duration: 2'28"

Motives of foreign terrorist fighters under the spotlight

Understanding the reasons why foreign terrorist fighters leave their homes and risk their lives in conflicts abroad is the focus of a unique meeting at UN headquarters Tuesday.

The UN’s lead terrorism agency, the Counter-terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) is hosting the meeting.  Civil society, academia and other researchers have been invited to share ideas about the threat posed by foreign fighters.