In­ter­pol re­leases Isis ter­ror at­tack list

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

5 In­ter­pol cir­cu­lated a list of 173 Is­lamic State fight­ers it be­lieves could have been trained to mount sui­cide at­tacks in Europe in re­venge for the group’s mil­i­tary de­feats in the Mid­dle East.

The global crime fight­ing agency’s list was drawn up by US in­tel­li­gence from in­for­ma­tion cap­tured dur­ing the as­sault on Isis ter­ri­to­ries in Syria and Iraq.

Euro­pean coun­tert­er­ror net­works are con­cerned that as the Isis “caliphate” col­lapses there is an in­creas­ing risk of deter­mined sui­cide bombers seek­ing to come to Europe.

The list, sent out by the gen­eral sec­re­tar­iat of In­ter­pol on 27 May, de­fines the group of fight­ers as in­di­vid­u­als who “may have been trained to build and po­si­tion im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices in or­der to cause se­ri­ous deaths and in­juries. It is be­lieved that they can travel in­ter­na­tion­ally, to par­tic­i­pate in ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The data was orig­i­nally col­lected by the US in­tel­li­gence “through trusted chan­nels”. The ma­te­rial was handed over to the FBI, which trans­mit­ted the list to In­ter­pol for global shar­ing.

A note ap­pended to the In­ter­pol list cir­cu­lated in Italy ex­plains how the ter­ror­ist data­base was con­structed from hun­dreds of el­e­ments, mainly gath­ered when Isis lo­cal head­quar­ters were cap­tured.

For each of the fight­ers, an ID was cre­ated to en­sure that each mem­ber coun­try in the In­ter­pol net­work could in­te­grate the data with lo­cal data­bases.

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