Friday, April 22, 2016

EU warns of gaps in sharing intel on ISIS fighters

There are still major gaps in intelligence sharing on ISIS fighters returning to Europe in the wake of the Brussels and Paris attacks, the EU’s anti-terrorism coordinator has warned.

The report by Gilles de Kerchove to interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg comes after repeated calls by European Union leaders for greater cooperation in dealing with extremists returning from Syria and Iraq.

“There are still significant gaps with regard to feeding Europol” with data on so-called foreign terrorist fighters who travel abroad and are then at risk of returning to carry out attacks, said the report, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

The European police organization’s database contained only 2,956 foreign fighters despite official estimates saying that around 5,000 EU citizens had travelled to fight with the ISIS.

More than 90 percent of the names on the database were entered in 2015 by just five out of the 28 EU member states, he added.

Another database, the European Information System, contained only 1,615 names, he said...

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