The national training on the identification of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) at the borders is organised by the Transnational Threats Department/Border Security and Management Unit (TNTD/BSMU) in co-ordination with the OSCE Programme Office in Astana.
From 20 to 22 November, the Programme Office in Astana supported the OSCE Mobile Training Team (MTT) in delivering an interactive national course on identifying FTFs at the borders for 25 first- and second-line border and security officers, including four female participants. In addition to the MTT members, the training is supported by subject matter experts from the UNHCR, RATS SCO, INTERPOL and OSCE participating States.
The deployment of the MTT, the ninth of its kind, was organised by the Border Security and Management Unit of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department (TNTD), with support from the Office and in close co-operation with the Border Service of Kazakhstan. The importance of risk analysis models applied to identify potential FTFs at the borders, as well as background, trends and current cases were discussed during the course. The participants engaged in practical exercises on the detection of forged documents and impostors, as well as in interactive exercises for understanding behavioural indicators of FTFs. The MTT team included representatives from Georgia, Poland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, as well as experts from INTERPOL, the OSCE and the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.