As foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) are pushed from territory once held by ISIL/Da’esh, States should take proactive measures to ensure those travelers are detected, identified, tracked, and where appropriate, interdicted. The effective implementation of enhanced terrorist screening mechanisms and international cooperation for information sharing are key to that effort.
In recognition of these challenges, the GCTF Initiative on Improving Capabilities for Detecting and Interdicting Terrorist Travel through Enhanced Terrorist Screening and Information Sharing, co-led by Morocco and the United States developed the New York Memorandum on Good Practices for Interdicting Terrorist Travel FTF Working Group. The Memorandum was endorsed at the Tenth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting in New York in September 2019.
The document can enable countries and organizations to build broader and more efficient watchlist and terrorist screening infrastructures and serves as a companion document to the GCTF Good Practices in the Area of Border Security and Management in the Context of Counterterrorism and Stemming the Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters. During the course of the Initiative, a launch event was hosted in New York, the United States, in September 2018, followed by three region-specific workshops focusing on Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa and organized in Berlin, Germany, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Rabat Morocco, respectively.