General Andrey Botsev (Bulgaria) Participated in the 3rd Counter Violent Extremist Organizations Conference in Washington

SOFIA, Bulgaria ( – The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence announced that this week, the Bulgarian Chief of Defence General Andrey Botsev participated in the 3rd Counter Violent Extremist Organizations conference, which is organized by the U.S. Department of Defence. This year’s global conference was held in the period from 15 to 17 October, in the Joint Base Andrews, Washington, learned

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, the host, welcomed in Washington representatives from 83 nations. He expressed that he was pleased with the increasing number of the participating countries, and referred to their number in the past years, when it was 40 in 2016 and 71 in 2017.

At the conference, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford stressed that the violent extremism has became “trans-regional threat” for the security of all countries, which requires to be found politically, financially and militarily solutions.

The topics discussed by the chiefs of defence, covered countering violent extremism from West Africa and the Sahel to Libya and the EU maritime operation there, They also talked about the operations in Afghanistan, the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda as well as the Sulu Sea and the Southeast Asia challenges. The host greeted the participants for their preparation on the subject.

The chiefs of defence agreed that the fight against the trans-regional extremist organizations requires collective action and their network provides opportunities to share information, intelligence and best practices for their benefit. The chairman of the conference General Joseph Dunford pointed out the quantifiable military progress against violent extremism, made during the past two years due to the improved means of exchanging information. During the conference, it was pointed out that over the past three years the number of terrorist attacks and deaths caused by them has been reduced.

Despite the results, the participants in the discussion still identify ISIS, Al-Qaeda and their affiliated and associated groups as resistant, firm and adaptable and remain determined in the fight against them. Thus, the chiefs of defence agreed on developing effective measures to reduce the risk of possible using of cyberspace and high-tech means by extremists, in order to improve their communications and logistics capabilities as well the abilities to recruit volunteers and to cause lethal damage. States should pay special attention to the causes leading to radicalization, the participants also stressed.

Read more: General Andrey Botsev (Bulgaria) Attended a NATO Military Committee Conference

Read more: A Bulgarian Delegation Participated in the October 2018 meetings of NAC in Brussels

Follow us everywhere and at any time. has responsive design and you can open the page from any computer, mobile devices or web browsers. For more up-to-date news from us, follow our Reddit, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages. Do not miss the chance to subscribe to our newsletter.
Sources: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, the U.S. Department of Defence


Dear reader, continues to be an objective and expert source of information in defense industry, military-political relations and military conflicts around the world.

Now more than ever, we need free and independent journalism. We believe that information shouldn't be behind a paid wall and we will continue to commit to keeping it free.

We know that our readers appreciate the content of In the last year, the indicators on our page have doubled. At the same time, the support of readers in the form of recurring monthly financial contributions provides continuous support for our work, which allows us to innovate.

We are more confident than ever in our role bridging media, policy, and the public. We thank you for your support.

Your recurring monthly financial contributions help us innovate for the future. Please, consider making a recurring contribution to