Kyrgyzstan Targets Terrorism Online

Kyrgyzstani security forces tapped the U.S. State Department’s Counter Terrorism Assistance Program (CTAS) to improve their performance countering online terrorist activity.

On April 1, 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan completed training with the staff of the Kyrgyz Ministry of the Interior called “Advanced Interrogation Techniques.” The five days of training focused on thwarting terrorists who use such cyber-based platforms as social media, smartphones and GPS. 

The curriculum also dealt with preventive cybersecurity, data analysis and using a human-rights based community engagement strategy to reduce the appeal of extremist messaging.

The April workshop followed a similar training in February 2022 provided to Kyrgyz law enforcement by the U.S. Embassy. 

“The United States and the Kyrgyz Republic are working together to counter the scourge of terrorism wherever it appears, and we look forward to deepening this cooperation in the future,” U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer Eric Ohlerud said at the closing ceremony for the training.

Created in 1983, the CTAS is the U.S. government’s main method of training and equipping law enforcement agencies around the world in the fight against terrorism. 

Sources: Vecherniy Bishkek, U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan

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