New White House plan to fight violent extremism

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration is releasing its national strategy to counter violent extremism in an 8-page document that has been in the works for more than a year. It outlines in broad strokes the approach the country must take to prevent home grown terrorist attacks.

The Obama administration says al-Qaida and those who ascribe to the terror group’s ideology pose the largest threat to the U.S. But the strategy, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, addresses violent extremism in all forms.

The strategy pledges the federal government’s support of local communities around the country so they can come up with solutions specific to their own problems with violent extremists. It references the nation’s community-based approach to countering criminal gangs as a guide to combatting violent extremism.