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Terrorism

Terrorism poses a grave threat to national security and the lives of individuals around the world. At INTERPOL, we run a number of initiatives to support our member countries in their efforts to protect their citizens from terrorism in its many forms.

Experts at the General Secretariat collect, store and analyse information about suspected individuals and groups and their activities, and exchange data with our member countries and other international organizations. A chief initiative in this area is the Counter-Terrorism Fusion Centre, which works to disrupt the recruitment and activities of foreign terrorist fighters

Counter-terrorism tools

INTERPOL circulates alerts and warnings on terrorists, dangerous criminals and weapons threats to police in member countries. These alerts are known as Notices and Diffusions.

Red notices are issued to all countries for individuals wanted by national authorities, seeking their provisional arrest with a view to extradition. Blue Notices are issued to collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime. Green Notices provide warnings and intelligence about individuals who have committed a crime, while Yellow Notices help locate missing persons.

Additionally, the INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notice is used to alert member countries to individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban, as listed by the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council, and to help countries implement the freezing of assets, travel bans and arms embargoes.

In September 2014, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2178 recognizing INTERPOL’s global role against the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

In the event of a terrorist attack, member countries may request the assistance of an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT). Experts can be quickly deployed to the site of the incident to provide a range of investigative and analytical support services, in coordination with the General Secretariat.

Border security: a line of defence

A robust border management programme is the first line of defence against terrorism.

INTERPOL offers a number of tools and services to help member countries enhance security at their borders, and works with national authorities to extend access to its I-24/7 secure communications network to border points to ensure these tools are accessible on the frontlines.

Three databases are crucial to these border management efforts:

News
16 November 2017

Keeping foreign terrorist fighters out of East Africa focus of INTERPOL meeting


08 November 2017

Building a security framework for major events focus of global experts


07 November 2017

INTERPOL and Qatar shape major event security via global network


20 October 2017

G7 Ministers call for sharing of battlefield data on terrorists via INTERPOL


04 October 2017

INTERPOL meeting gathers counter-terrorism experts to enhance regional cooperation


29 September 2017

INTERPOL General Assembly adopts data processing policy on refugees


26 September 2017

President Xi Jinping opens INTERPOL General Assembly


11 September 2017

INTERPOL training targets border security in Southeast Asia


28 August 2017

INTERPOL operational training aims to boost ASEAN border security


11 July 2017

INTERPOL to highlight need for military to police terrorism data flow at Global Coalition meeting


10 July 2017

Terrorism intelligence shared via INTERPOL’s Project Kalkan strengthens global ‘early warning system’


26 June 2017

Security issues focus of INTERPOL Chief meeting with Russian Interior Minister


09 June 2017

INTERPOL border operation in Southeast Asia nets internationally wanted suspects


08 June 2017

Transnational terrorism focus of INTERPOL meeting


23 May 2017

INTERPOL assisting UK coordinate international response after Manchester terrorist attack


17 May 2017

OSCE Secretariat and INTERPOL launch joint action plan to combat transnational crime


16 May 2017

Terrorist and cybercrime threats to European security focus of INTERPOL meeting


12 May 2017

Shaping border security focus of INTERPOL workshop on ASEAN common visa


28 April 2017

INTERPOL training looks to enhance border security in Southeast Asia


21 April 2017

Thousands of police officers across Europe join INTERPOL operation against illicit firearms


10 April 2017

INTERPOL programme aims to foster maritime security in Southeast Asia


05 April 2017

INTERPOL Chief outlines support to Arab Interior Ministers Council in combating terrorism


04 April 2017

Cybersecurity experts meet on the future of major event security


27 March 2017

UAE pledges EUR 50 million to support seven key INTERPOL projects


24 March 2017

Huge drugs haul underscores transnational organized crime threat – INTERPOL Chief


22 March 2017

INTERPOL reaffirms support to Global Coalition as international policing partner


16 March 2017

Enhancing Southeast Asian capacity to respond to terrorist threats focus of INTERPOL exercise


12 March 2017

Effective information sharing on violent extremism can save lives – INTERPOL Chief


08 March 2017

INTERPOL National Central Bureaus essential in enhancing global security


10 February 2017

INTERPOL operational exercise targets smuggling of chemical explosive precursors


06 February 2017

Countering terrorist use of social media focus of INTERPOL training


01 February 2017

INTERPOL and Gulf Cooperation Council unite efforts in combating crime and terrorism


18 January 2017

Strengthening policing capacity across Asia focus of INTERPOL meeting in Nepal


CBRNE terrorism - chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives materials.

Statement by INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock on the Paris attacks