Category Archives: Brussels attacks 2016

Remembering the Brussels Attacks — March 22 2016

“With the usual reservations, it seems to indicate that Oussama Atar is dead and, importantly, that the judicial investigation continues. It is essential to continue to try to shed light on this dark affair.” Georges Dallemagne — Belgian Federal representative (February … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Is Belgian ISIS Jihadist Oussama 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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Paris & Brussels Attacks — Q&A About Oussama Atar in the Belgian Parliament (UPDATE)

“With the usual reservations, it seems to indicate that Oussama Atar is dead and, importantly, that the judicial investigation continues. It is essential to continue to try to shed light on this dark affair.” Georges Dallemagne — Belgian Federal representative (February … Continue reading

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Paris & Brussels Attacks — Q&A About Oussama Atar in the Belgian Parliament

“With the usual reservations, it seems to indicate that Oussama Atar is dead and, importantly, that the judicial investigation continues. It is essential to continue to try to shed light on this dark affair.” Georges Dallemagne — Belgian Federal representative (February … Continue reading

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Paris & Brussels Attacks — ‘Mastermind’ Oussama Atar Reported Dead

“If not for the request by different organizations … Ousama Atar would still be in Iraqi prison.” Jawad Al-Hindawi — Iraqi Ambassador to Belgium February 23 2018 — Oussama Atar, a Belgian of Moroccan descent believed to be the mastermind of the Paris … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — BELGIUM — Europe’s Most Wanted

“Mr Atar’s situation is being followed closely. Repeated requests made by Belgium to the Iraqi government to consider an early release for humanitarian reasons have been fruitless so far.” Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs — October 9, 2010 Oussama Atar, … Continue reading

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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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Paris & Brussels Attacks: Belgian suspected terrorist not under surveillance since 2012

“The Paris attacks prompted intense scrutiny of ineffective and convoluted governance in Belgium, where a vast majority of the attackers had ties.” NYT — December 24 2016 Mohamed Bakkali was arrested for questioning during November 2015 in Brussels. Bakkali’s radicalisation … 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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How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism

“The flaws in the European system are multiple. The Paris and Brussels attacks should never have happened. I don’t know what we are waiting for. Do we have to wait for hundreds of deaths?” Jean-Louis Bruguiere — Former French investigating … Continue reading

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