U.S. Military Fights “Transnational Organized Crime” in Europe

The U.S. military role in Europe has shifted to focus on fighting gun and drug smuggling and human trafficking, NBC News reported. Members of the Joint Interagency Counter Trafficking Center are spearheading a year-old strategy by the Obama Administration to combat “transnational organized crime,” and have partnered with representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Department of Justice has identified 29 of the 63 top drug trafficking organizations as having links to terrorist groups. "This is not Miami Vice in Europe," Brig. Gen. Mark Scraba, director of JICTC, told NBC News. "But our organization is being modeled off of the Joint Interagency Task Force South, out of Key West Florida, which has been in existence for about 25 years, with focus on South America.”

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