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Sep092011

Clinton: US to Convene First Global Counterterrorism Forum

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Speaking on the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce Friday that the United States will host the first ever Global Counterterrorism Forum.

A State Department official tells ABC News that this will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting later this month.

Excerpts from the speech provided by the State Department Friday morning make no mention of the current terror plot.

“Until now, there has been no dedicated international venue to regularly convene key counterterrorism policymakers and practitioners from around the world,” Clinton will say about the upcoming Forum.

“We’re bringing together traditional allies, emerging powers and Muslim-majority countries around a shared counterterrorism mission in a way that’s never been done before,” she will add.

According to the excerpts, Clinton will explain what the Obama administration is doing to combat terrorism and urge policy makers to continue the pressure.

“While we have significantly weakened al Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan, today we are reminded that they can still conduct regional and international attacks and inspire others to do so,” she will say, referring to the terror group’s affiliates in Yemen and elsewhere which officials now believe pose a greater threat to the United States.

Clinton will deliver her speech at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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