WASHINGTON (AFP) – Dozens of US prosecutors are being sent to the Balkans, Middle East and North Africa to help track down extre-mist fighters returning from Syria, the outgoing attorney general said Thursday.
Washington has repeatedly voi-ced concern about hardened Isla-mists emerging from war-torn Syria and using their Western passports
to attack the United States and its
Prosecutors and senior law en-forcement advisors were being despatched to “key regions”, Eric Holder said after meeting European officials in Washington.
“These personnel will provide critical assistance to our allies in order to help prosecute those who return from the Syrian region bent on committing acts of terrorism.”
The cooperation includes “infor-mation sharing, investigations and prosecutions, and countering vio-lent extremism”.
A senior Justice Department of-ficial said about 70 prosecutors were working in several countries including Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East.
A regional prosecutor speciali-sing in anti-terrorism will be based in Albania to coordinate work in the Balkans and the director of the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law has moved to Malta.