Fusion Task Force
As the planning for terrorist attacks often spans countries and regions, fighting terrorism requires the same level of effort and cooperation among nations. Spearheading INTERPOL's anti-terrorism efforts is the Fusion Task Force (FTF), created in 2002 in the wake of the alarming rise in the scale and sophistication of international terrorist attacks.
More than 270 designated FTF contact officers from more than 160 countries form this global network of counter-terrorism specialists.
The FTF investigates not only attacks, but also organizational hierarchies, training, financing, methods and motives of terrorist groups.
FTF's primary objectives are to:
- Identify active terrorist groups and their membership;
- Solicit, collect and share information and intelligence;
- Provide analytical support;
- Increase the capacity of member countries to address the threats of terrorism and organised crime.
Regional and global efforts
Six regional task forces have been created in regions considered to be particularly susceptible to terrorist activity:
- Project Al Qabdah (Middle East and North Africa);
- Project Amazon (Central and South America);
- Project Baobab (East, West and Southern Africa);
- Project Kalkan (Central and South Asia);
- Project Nexus (Europe);
- Project Pacific (Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands).
An annual working group meeting for each project brings together specialists to exchange information, examine trends in the region and discuss case studies. These working groups provide a firm operational basis from which to launch investigations and, ultimately, dismantle terrorist networks.
As well as tailoring activities to these regions, we also work closely with international organizations such as the United Nations Al-Qaida and Taliban monitoring teams and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in order to maintain our lists of suspected terrorists.