The Bureau of Counterterrorism of the US Department of State published the 2022 Country Reports on Terrorism, including about Georgia, which, based on the report, continued its “robust engagement on counterterrorism issues in 2022 and remained a strong U.S. security partner.”
According to the report, Georgia enacted its 2022-26 National Counterterrorism Strategy and Action Plan, introduced harsher measures for the false reporting of terrorist acts, and enhanced its anti-money laundering/threat finance and countering WMD efforts. The country worked to improve its land border and maritime security by participating in international exercises and U.S.-conducted trainings.
In 2022, Georgia convicted five Georgian citizens who had been detained in 2021 for affiliation with ISIS and arrested another individual on similar charges.
“Georgia is generally capable of detecting, deterring, and responding to terrorism incidents. The SSSG has the mandate for terrorism-related incidents and investigations and works closely through its Counterterrorism Center with the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Justice, and Defense and the Prosecution Service of Georgia, among others, as well as with international partners. SSSG is generally well equipped and well trained, and its Counterterrorism Unit continues to receive regular training and equipment from international partners and conducts internal training,” reads the report.
Also, the document says that Georgia’s Border Police and Coast Guard, both competent and organized, provide the initial response capability along Georgia’s land and maritime borders, respectively, except along the occupied territories..