Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and General Raymond Thomas, Commander of USSOCOM, co-hosted a Senior Leader Seminar (SLS) on Battlefield Evidence at the Wargame Center in Tampa, Florida on December 6. This SLS is part of a Department of State, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense initiative launched in late 2017. More than 75 officials from across the United States Government participated in the SLS.
With thousands of foreign terrorist fighters potentially leaving war zones and returning to their home countries in the years ahead, prosecution will become an increasingly important counterterrorism tool globally. Information collected on battlefields is critical to successfully prosecuting these cases, but a number of countries face challenges in storing, sharing, and using this information in civilian courts. The battlefield evidence initiative is intended to improve the ability of the United States and partner nations to more effectively use this information in prosecutions.
Ambassador Sales noted that, “Battlefield evidence is critical to a broad range of national security priorities. The United States and our partners can use this information to investigate and prosecute foreign terrorist fighters, screen and watchlist terrorist suspects, and protect our borders.”
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