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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 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.