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22 March 2017

INTERPOL reaffirms support to Global Coalition as international policing partner

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The head of INTERPOL has reaffirmed the world policing body’s support to the Global Coalition to counter ISIS as its key law enforcement partner.

Addressing the 22 March Ministers meeting in Washington, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the progress made by the Coalition in the battlefield, and the increased pressure on the Da’esh core, would bring new challenges as battle-hardened fighters seek to flee the conflict zones.

Welcoming the 68 Global Coalition partners, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said INTERPOL was ‘critical to closing all routes through which ISIS terrorists seek to travel and threaten our homelands.’

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178, unanimously adopted in 2014, recognized INTERPOL as the ‘global law enforcement information sharing’ platform against foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).

In the past four years, there has been a thousandfold increase in the amount of information on FTFs shared with INTERPOL, which currently holds details of more than 14,000 individuals provided by more than 60 countries.

The INTERPOL Chief said a single, global intelligence picture was essential to ensure national security perimeters were extended as far as possible.

“At this decisive stage of the fight, national or regional information silos could prove fatal,” said Secretary General Stock.

“INTERPOL is the gateway for actionable information from the battlefield to reach law enforcement abroad, and our utmost priority is to exploit this data and provide leads to national police as quickly as possible.

“It can take just one officer conducting a traffic check, passport control or random search to potentially break terrorism investigation or foil a plot, but only if they have the information they need to make the right call,” concluded Mr Stock.

The Secretary General also pointed to analysis of FTF travel patterns which show potential for interdiction, particularly at border control points where they are especially vulnerable to identification by nominal or biometric data.

INTERPOL became a partner of the Global Coalition in July 2015, supporting its efforts in stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and stopping the financing and funding of ISIS.