Between July 24 and September 8, Operation Neptune II took place in seven ports of the six countries participating: Algeria, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain, and Tunisia. “The operation helped detect more than 12 foreign alleged terrorist combattants crossing the Mediterranean,” Interpol announced in a press release.
Neptune II “focused on the threats posed by suspected FTFs potentially using maritime routes between North Africa and Southern Europe during the busy summer tourist season,” added Interpol.
The operation targeted criminal networks for human, drugs, and weapons trafficking, based on information provided by local police of each of the participating countries.
The teams taking part in the operation “carried out more than 1.2 million searches across INTERPOL’s databases for stolen and lost travel documents, nominal data and stolen vehicles via its I-24/7 secure global police communications network,” according to Interpol.
Interpol is an international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. Its database contains more than 50,000 alleged terrorist combattants and more than 400,000 information elements related to terrorism.
Morocco has been a member of Interpol since June 17, 1957. Interpol also has an office in Rabat.