On 13 January, FATF-style regional body APG has published this typology report which examines what is known and unknown regarding financial profiles of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) connected to SE Asia and explores the collection and utilisation of financial intelligence related to FTF in the region.  To assist APG members and the broader counter-terrorism community, this report includes recommendations on enhancing information exchange and feedback channels to improve the use of financial intelligence in identifying FTF and returnees.  The report puts forward a number of recommendations for APG members, namely that there is a need to –

1. increase the understanding and awareness of the threats posed by returnees, including their financial linkages and support structures;

2. support the private sector in improving and refining their “red flags” to detect transaction patterns that could suggest foreign terrorist fighter and returnee activity;

3. strengthen feedback channels from law enforcement to support more effective high-quality analysis by FIU; and

4. continue to bolster mechanisms to facilitate the exchange of financial intelligence, including through public–private partnerships and ongoing regional forums.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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