Obama security strategy adds focus to terrorism at home
US President Barack Obama's national security strategy released Thursday adds focus to preventing terrorism committed by individuals who do not fit the traditional profile of terrorists, DPA reported.
The report comes after foiled plots by radicals living in the United States to carry out attacks on US soil, and the December shootings by a US Army officer, a Muslim who had expressed frustration over the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, at Fort Hood, Texas, that left dozens dead.
"Several recent incidences of violent extremists in the United States who are committed to fighting here and abroad have underscored the threat to the United States and our interests posed by individual radicalized here at home," the report said.
Authorities earlier this month arrested a US citizen of Pakistani origin who allegedly tried to detonate a bomb on New York's Times Square, and last year arrested another Muslim who pleaded guilty to planning to blow up New York's subway.
The report is mandated by Congress and is a general outline of the US approach to national security, including the role of the military and diplomacy.
The White House emphasized in the report the need to strengthen international institutions and working more closely with allies and other countries to confront common challenges. Military action should be carried out in coordination with other countries, the report said, in a departure from the unilateral approach of Obama's predecessor George W Bush.
The strategy also focuses on economic strength at home and promoting free markets and trade around the world to help underdeveloped counties and prevent breeding grounds for terrorists.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told an audience in Washington that the strategy calls for engagement with all countries and to promote economic development.
"We have to have a robust diplomatic and development presence," Clinton said.
The report largely highlights the themes Obama has pursued since he took office 16 months ago.