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What ever happened to the war on terror?

What ever happened to the war on terror?
The US is pivoting away from focusing on groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS — at least until the next attack.

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The US military carried out an airstrike near the town of Ugunji, Somalia, killing three members of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group. This strike is part of a larger shift in US foreign policy away from focusing on groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. The global US-led fight against non-state terrorist groups, known as the "war on terror," has become remarkably quiet. The US is still involved in ongoing conflicts with Iran-backed proxy groups, but airstrikes targeting al-Qaeda and ISIS have become rare. The US has also withdrawn troops from Niger and Chad, and is in talks to wind down its presence in Iraq. The Biden administration has not released a national counterterrorism strategy, and the focus of the National Security Strategy is on "strategic competition" with autocratic rivals like China and Russia. The US Army is cutting thousands of posts in roles heavily involved in counterterrorism. While the shift in priorities is generally welcome, experts are concerned that the terror threat hasn't fully receded and may be growing. The focus of counterterrorism efforts has shifted to monitoring terrorist groups, providing training and assistance to local military partners, and conducting targeted strikes. The war on terror is still ongoing in Somalia, where the US military regularly reports counterterrorism strikes. The shift to "great power competition" can hinder counterterrorist efforts and give extremist groups room to grow. There's a risk that the "war on terror" could return if there is a major attack.