Category Archives: Belgium

One Year Ago — EUROPOL : Islamic State to step up attacks on European targets

“We have to be vigilant, since the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) and returning foreign fighters is likely to persist in the coming years. These people are trained to use explosives and firearms and they have been … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator: “The Caliphate Is Imploding.”

“The big question is this: What will we do with the 2000 ISIS returnees?” Gilles de Kerkhove Gilles de Kerchove d’Ousselghem (born 3 October 1956 in Uccle/Ukkel, Belgium) is a Belgian senior European Union official. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Oussama Atar — Belgian Policeman Arrested for Complicity in Brussels Attacks

“Over the past year, according to police documents, the police have been piecing together Mr. [Yassine] Atar’s role in the network. He is a cousin of the brothers Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui, who on March 22, 2016, carried out the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Belgistan! [Is Belgium a Failed State?]

“While the government has acknowledged that hundreds of Belgians have gone to fight with ISIS or for other groups in the Syrian civil war, Pieter Van Ostaeyen, an independent researcher, calculated in October (2015) that 516 Belgians had fought in … Continue reading

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Brussels bomb made in Molenbeek. Once again… [UPDATE — June 24 2017]

“The man was named by Belgian media as Oussama Zariouh and the mayor of Molenbeek said he was known for drugs offences but was not on any jihadist watch list. The prosecutor said there were indications that he had sympathies … Continue reading

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Brussels bomb made in Molenbeek. Once again…

“The man was named by Belgian media as Oussama Zariouh and the mayor of Molenbeek said he was known for drugs offences but was not on any jihadist watch list. The prosecutor said there were indications that he had sympathies … Continue reading

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Brussels attacks: “Serious failings prevented dismantling of Belgian terror network.”

“The Committee observes certain failings in the security architecture, following which we missed the opportunity to dismantle the terrorist network in question on time.” Belgian Investigative Committee on the 2016 Terrorist Attacks The Investigative Committee on the Terrorist Attacks noted … Continue reading

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Is Belgian ISIS Jihadist Osama Atar the ‘Mastermind’ of the Paris and Brussels attacks?

“Abdelhamid Abaaoud [a Belgian-Moroccan killed by police five days after the November 13 atrocities] was only a go-between, not a senior figure. We know the mastermind [of the Paris Attacks] but I will remain discreet on this point.” DGSE Director … Continue reading

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Belgium: State Security Service officers not allowed to carry weapons…because of a legal glitch

“One of the oldest domestic intelligence agencies in continuous existence is Belgium’s civil security service, the Veiligheid van de Staat or Surêté de l’Etat (VSSE).” Kenneth L. Lasoen   Because of a legal mistake, the officers of the Belgian State … Continue reading

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EUROPOL: Islamic State to step up attacks on European targets

“We have to be vigilant, since the threat posed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) and returning foreign fighters is likely to persist in the coming years. These people are trained to use explosives and firearms and they have been … Continue reading

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