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Police Need Military Intel Input to Fight Terrorism - Interpol

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Biometric data and other intelligence gathered by military units in battles against Daesh terror group needs to be shared with local police forces as tens of thousands of trained terrorists return home from battles in the Middle East, the International Police Organization (Interpol) said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Interpol noted that details of more than 18,000 terrorists have now been shared via the international police agency’s global network, with an increasing amount being sourced from the conflict zones.

"With mounting pressure on former ISIS [Daesh] strongholds likely to result in increased numbers of battle-hardened terrorists returning home, fleeing to neighboring countries, or joining other conflicts, it is vital that critical information left by retreating fighters and recovered by global coalition forces is quickly shared with the global law enforcement community through a secure multilateral platform," the release stated.

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Much of the information is biometric such as photos for facial recognition, fingerprints and DNA profiles that have already led to the positive identification of many returning terrorists, the release explained.

For example, fingerprint checks of arrested foreign nationals by one European country against Interpol’s databases resulted in 11 hits in just one two-week period in June, according to the release.

In addition, at least one suspect traveling on a passport recorded in the agency’s data base on lost and stolen travel document allowed police to identify one suspect linked to recent terrorist attacks in Europe, the release revealed.

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