By Planet Biometrics
Senior UN security figures say more biometric data sharing is needed between countries to aid the fight against ISIS.
Coalition forces are focused on pursuing and targeting foreign terrorist fighters attempting to escape through neighbouring countries.
However, that effort to prevent foreign fighters who travelled to the region from returning to the West to carry out attacks is now critical, Terry Wolff, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the coalition, told reporters this week.
(ISIS fighters are returning home to Europe. In Britain, half of the 850 citizens known to have joined ISIS have already come back. As France marks the two-year anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on its soil, governments have to decide what to do with returning foreign fighters. Courtesy of The Economist and YouTube. Posted on Nov 14, 2017)
“The foreign terrorist fighter flow is really of great concern,” he said.
Wolff added the coalition was trying to build global mechanisms for constantly assessing and updating the situation with returning fighters.
“We have tried… to encourage nations, and now obligate nations, to share information, to share biometrics information on foreign terrorist fighters,” he said, referencing UN Security Council resolutions on the issue.
Wolff added the plan had extended to trying to put in place “watchlists that get shared internationally.”
“That is the future of the global fight,” the envoy said.
(Learn More. Connecting the dots means information left behind by foreign terrorist fighters must be exploited. We need to collect and consolidate information on IS which is still in the battlefield or in the hands of authorities, so it can reach the global community. Information is key in generating investigative leads. Courtesy of Interpole and YouTube. Posted on Jan 19, 2018)
(Learn More. Courtesy of the Milken Institute and YouTube. Posted on Jun 26, 2017)