The EU-supported organisation INTERPOL targets terrorist mobility and illicit weapons in Middle East and North Africa
October 10, 2018
An INTERPOL-led operation to disrupt the movement of illicit weapons in the Middle East and North Africa has led to 115 arrests and the seizure of firearms, drugs and cash.
Operation Trigger IV took place across four countries in the region – Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. Checks were carried out at known trafficking hotspots including land, air and sea border points.
More than 20,000 checks were conducted against INTERPOL’s global databases during the nine-day (18-26 September) operation, including those for wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents, stolen motor vehicles, facial recognition and suspected or known terrorists, resulting in five positive ‘hits’.
INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organisation and is supported, among others, by the European Union.