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Head of EU police agency says more cooperation is needed across the continent to combat terror

  • FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, Europol's director Rob Wainwright answers questions during an interview in The Hague, Netherlands. Wainwright said at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 that intelligence and law enforcement agencies across the continent have to co-operate better to fight against the threat of terrorism. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, Europol's director Rob Wainwright answers questions during an interview in The Hague, Netherlands. Wainwright said at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 that intelligence and law enforcement agencies across the continent have to co-operate better to fight against the threat of terrorism. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, a man walks past the European police agency Europol in The Hague, Netherlands. The head of European Union police organization Europol said at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 that intelligence and law enforcement agencies across the continent have to co-operate better to fight against the threat of terrorism. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, a man walks past the European police agency Europol in The Hague, Netherlands. The head of European Union police organization Europol said at a meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 that intelligence and law enforcement agencies across the continent have to co-operate better to fight against the threat of terrorism. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)  (The Associated Press)

The head of European Union police organization Europol says intelligence and law enforcement agencies across the continent have to cooperate better to fight against the threat of terrorism.

Speaking at a meeting Monday with foreign journalists in the Netherlands, Europol Director Rob Wainwright said his organization can help track terrorists, their arms and cash across borders.

He says that by cross-referencing a database of foreign jihadi fighters with other information at Europol's purpose-built headquarters in The Hague, "we begin to see patterns emerging — connections ... between different countries in ways the investigators were not aware of in the first place."

EU leaders agreed earlier this month to a raft of counterterrorism measures aimed at protecting their countries against terror, signaling a key role for Europol.