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Terrorist Organization Profile Information now Available through START


Terrorist Organization Profile Information now Available through START

August 25, 2008

START is pleased to announce the launch of the Terrorist Organization Profile (TOPs) effort. Through an agreement between the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and START, START is making TKB group profile data available to the public through our website.

TOPs presents data collected for and by MIPT through March 2008. From 2004 through 2008, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided support for the creation and ongoing maintenance of the Terrorism Knowledge Base (TKB), developed and sponsored by the MIPT, based in Oklahoma City.

Through this project, MIPT partnered with Detica for collection of information on terrorist groups and key leaders of terrorist groups. TKB was last updated by MIPT on March 1, 2008, and the project ceased operations on March 31, 2008. START has not evaluated these data, nor is it responsible for the content of these profiles.

START is providing access to these MIPT data as a service to the homeland security practitioner and research communities. Plans are underway to integrate TOP data with START's Global Terrorism Database, and START will provide on-line access to those integrated data in the future.