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AFRICOM And ICE Conducting Biometric Identity Operations Across East Africa

Published: January 9, 2013
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Source: StratRisks

Africa (AFRICOM) command and its Identity Resolution Team now cooperate with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for conducting operations in Eastern Africa.Objective: to identify some “bad actors” (KST to known suspected terrorists, the SIA for special interest alien): traffickers, criminal, terrorists likely to attempt to travel to the United States.

The nationals of several countries of Eastern Africa are in the crosshairs: Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopians, Somalis. But the Sahel and West Africa are now treated as sensitive areas.

In August 2012, AFRICOM biometrics experts travelled to Pretoria to train officials from the ICE.A full-scale exercise followed in September at the Kenya local personnel have also been trained.

Biometric data (fingerprints, iris) collected are then handed to the US agencies such as the FBI, DoD, DHS…

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