“Interpol provides critical leadership in advancing the Justice Department’s efforts to combat terrorism and ensure the safety of all Americans – offering cutting-edge resources, a structure for international cooperation and strategic tools like Red, Blue and Green Notices for tracing, targeting and apprehending terror suspects,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “In a world that is increasingly interdependent and interconnected, INTERPOL helps to defend against a range of evolving challenges by disseminating information, combating crime and identifying potential threats.”
“And particularly today, with the emergence of groups like ISIL and the knowledge that some Americans are attempting to travel to countries like Syria and Iraq to take part in ongoing conflicts,” Holder said, “INTERPOL – as the world’s largest international police organization – has a vital role to play in safeguarding our homeland and protecting the American people.”
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said, “The threat posed by foreign fighters is one that is persistent and requires the full cooperation and resources of the international law enforcement community to effectively combat. We are already working closely with European and other governments to build better information sharing, and we will continue to leverage our partnership with the INTERPOL, Department of Justice and other international partners to make enhanced and concerted efforts to track foreign fighters who come from or seek to enter the United States.”
The program currently supports a working group that includes Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as an international symposia -- a multinational database populated with information contributed by and accessible to participating member countries.