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Romania helping Britain track nationals fighting in Syria

January 14, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — British foreign secretary says Romania is helping to identify and track British nationals who are going to fight in Iraq and Syria or returning from combat.

Philip Hammond told The Associated Press that Romania had a “critically important” role in keeping tabs on such people, an issue he discussed with Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu. Hammond said some of the estimated 400 Britons who had joined the jihadis had transited through Romania, but he didn’t give an exact figure.

Hammond was visiting Bucharest Wednesday before going to Sofia and Belgrade for talks on regional security including the EU’s role in the Ukraine crisis.

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