The Brussels attack was linked to the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris, which targeted the Bataclan concert hall and restaurants and cafés in the heart of the city, as well as the Stade de France football stadium.
In almost a replay of the Paris attacks, the news media began reporting that the Brussels attack was carried out by two brothers – Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui – who were linked to the November 13 attacks in Paris. The November 13 attacks were, in turn, linked to the January 7, 2015 ISIL attacks on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine «Charlie Hebdo» and a kosher supermarket in the Paris suburbs. The January 7 attacks also involved two brothers – Cherif and Said Kouachi. Since all the sibling attackers died in suicide attacks, the media is bound to believe what law enforcement reports to them about the Paris I, Paris II, and Brussels attacks. One of the suicide bombers at Brussels airport was reportedly ISIL’s chief bomb maker in Western Europe, Najim Laachraoui, who is said to have made the suicide bomb-laden vests used in the Paris II attacks.
Just prior to the Brussels bombings, Belgian police swooped in on the person they said was the mastermind of the Paris II attacks, Salah Abdeslam. Abdeslam was captured in the largely Muslim-populated neighborhood of Molenbeek in Brussels, an area believed to have spawned a number of ISIL terrorists and guerrillas who have fought in Syria and Iraq.
There was some media speculation that Abdeslam began passing to the police details of ISIL’s plans for future terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who, himself has suspicious connections to ISIL fighters in Syria, claimed that one of the Brussels terrorist brothers, Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, had been deported by Turkey to the Netherlands in July 2015, some four months before Abdeslam’s cell carried out the Paris attacks. Erdogan said that Turkey deported Ibrahim el-Bakraoui because he was a militant foreign fighter in Syria. Turkey has aided and abetted other militant foreign fighters, including terrorists, traveling to and from Syria, so why Erdogan singled out el-Bakraoui is a mystery. It also stands to reason that if Turkey was such a valued member of NATO, why did it deport a security threat to the Netherlands, also a NATO member?
And just as with previous terrorist attacks, the media reported that the Brussels attackers were previously known to European law enforcement and intelligence services. So, why were they able to carry out three successful major terrorist attacks in a year-and-a-half time period?
Pre-attack knowledge by the authorities of an alleged terrorist perpetrator was certainly the case in the Merah affair in March 2012. Mohammed Merah, a French national, was killed by French police after he was accused of killing three French paratroopers in Montauban and three students and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse. It was later discovered that not only did the French Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI) have a dossier on Merah but that it tried to recruit him as an agent. Merah traveled with ease to Afghanistan and Pakistan with the foreknowledge of French intelligence. The then-governing conservatives of President Nicolas Sarkozy and the opposition, now ruling, Socialist Party, conspired to cover up Merah's links to French intelligence.
The deadly 1980 attack on the Bologna train station in Italy began, in earnest, the modern era of using false flag attacks in waging asymmetric warfare. Although the Italian government and media originally blamed the bombing on leftist radical Italian guerrillas, it was, in fact, carried out by an underground fascist cell that obtained the bomb materials from hidden caches belonging to the secret NATO «stay behind» paramilitary network known generically as «Gladio».
By blaming leftist guerillas for various terrorist attacks in Europe, NATO was able to convince its members to host US offensive cruise missile systems and keep NATO tightly-bound as an agent for US foreign policy goals, including facing down the Soviet Union. Today, with Islamist terrorists replacing leftist guerrillas as NATO’s chief raison d’être, policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic have used the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris to call for an end to Belgium’s unruly federal system of two states – Flanders and Wallonia – within one. Belgium, the neoconservative-slanted policy wonks believe, would be better off with a strong central government and strong centralized intelligence and security forces. That NATO message is not merely for the attention of Flanders and Wallonia but also for separatists in Catalonia, Scotland, Corsica, Wales, Veneto, and other independence-minded regions within NATO borders.
NATO, on behalf of a personal data-hungry United States, also wants to see unfettered access by European and American intelligence and security services to databases on air travelers in Europe. European data protection officials have been reticent about sharing such personal data with the United States, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations about how the US National Security Agency abuses such data.
The question must be asked: If Western European intelligence had advanced knowledge of Paris I, Paris II, and Brussels, why was preventive action not taken? If governments «let it happen on purpose» – or «LIHOP» – meaning, allow planned terrorist events to occur without disruption, those governments can rush their counter-terrorism «wish list» of massive surveillance and larger security and defense budgets into quickly-passed legislation amid the resulting climate of fear. No politician wants to be seen as weak on security, particularly after major terrorist attacks.
One such tell-tale sign of a false flag operation is the convenient discovery by police of evidence linking attacks to the perpetrators, be they unknowing double agents or patsies who believe in whatever cause has been dangled before them.
One sign of a false flag operation is that «evidence» linking the intended perpetrators to the crime scene is always conveniently discovered after the event. French police claim they were able to pin the Paris I attack on two Franco-Algerian brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, because Said, the eldest brother, left his French identification card in a black Citroen used as a getaway car. Police would not say whose identification card they found. Some French security experts warned that the ID card may have been purposely planted in the car to confuse the police. Police also conveniently found Molotov cocktails and Islamist jihadist flags inside the getaway car.
In the case of Brussels, a taxi driver who said he believed he picked up the Bakraoui brothers and Laachraoui in the Schaerbeek neighborhood of Brussels and drove them to Zaventem, contacted the police after the explosions. The cab driver recalled that it was suspicious that the three passengers did not want him to help them with their extremely heavy luggage. When the police raided the pick-up address, they found bomb-making chemicals, detonators, and a suitcase packed with nails and screws. Also discovered was the signature black and white ISIL flag. But there was another convenient clue found in a trash dumpster near the terrorist apartment: a computer with the last testament of Ibrahim el Bakraoui. The terrorist, who Erdogan insists was expelled from Turkey for his radical views, wrote that he was «is in a rush, not knowing what to do, being looked for everywhere, not feeling safe and if this goes on, he risks ending up in a cell».
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Isis terrorists are 'hiding in plain sight,' warns UK defence staff chief
Sir Stuart Peach - the most senior officer in the armed forces - says he is worried about the global reach of the jihadist group
ARJ SINGH Thursday 15 December 2016
Sir Stuart said Britain is now in a 'strategic state-on-state era of competition' PA
Isis terrorists are “moving in migrant flows” and “hiding in plain sight” all over the world in tactics that should lead Britain to think about how it “manages identity”, the chief of the defence staff has said.
In comments that could reignite the debate around identity cards, Sir Stuart Peach said he was “worried” about the global reach of IS militants, who deliberately destroy their identity documents to travel illegally into other countries where they could carry out attacks.
The most senior officer in the armed forces said IS, also known as Daesh, represents the closest danger and a “call to action” going beyond UK and coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
In his first annual lecture to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Sir Stuart said: “I worry about the global reach of Daesh as an idea - copycat, using the internet - more than the internet - using social media, popping up all over the world.
“The Chinese state has accepted they have a problem.
“This is not now a localised phenomenon, it is now a wider phenomenon.
“And of course we face, as my friend Andrew Parker has said, the director general of MI5, a potential network of combat-experienced terrorists.
“On the other hand they are losing territory rapidly, foreign fighters are being killed and displaced.
“But they are moving in migrant flows, hiding in plain sight.
“One of the obvious deductions, and I think it does bear more scrutiny from the younger and the analytical community, is how we manage identity in a world where people are deliberately trying to destroy their identity documents and/or they move in migrant flows.”
Sir Stuart also warned that Britain should be “really worried” that the international consensus-based approach to peace and security, developed after the Second World War, was now challenged by states such as Russia.
A “full-spectrum” response is required - integrating diplomacy, the military, economic influence, technology and the media, and “closer attention” to counter-espionage and counter intelligence.
Britain is now in a “strategic state-on-state era of competition” which requires us to “wonder and worry” about the response to propaganda, hybrid warfare and cyber attacks, he said.
His comments follow the Russian incursion in Ukraine and worries that Moscow influenced the United States presidential election won by Donald Trump by allegedly hacking email accounts linked to his rival Hillary Clinton.
“Russian communications through Russia Today and many other media forms are very before us in many parts of the world,” he said.
“Many people have alleged political subversion, propaganda rather than information.
“And there's no doubt, it's not a secret, that Russia is using cyber as a part of this power.
“This is in direct competition with our approach to sustain the rules-based order.”
He added: “The idea that we can defend on the South coast of Britain in a re-run of 1940 doesn't work in the world that we're in.”
Sir Stuart also expressed concerns about alleged deliberate attacks on hospitals and other previously previously safe havens in war zones, citing the example of Aleppo in Syria.
“I worry as a military man about the lack of respect for international symbols of peace,” he said.
“The Red Cross and the Red Crescent were not attacked in World War One or World War Two.
Ben Wallace describes the extreme Islamist group's ambition as ‘everybody’s worst fear’
Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick 2 hours ago
The Isis terrorist group wants to carry out a “mass casualty” chemical weapons attack in Britain, the national security minister has warned – describing it as “everybody’s worst fear”.
Ben Wallace said Isis had already used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, where it controls large areas.
Furthermore, the Moroccan authorities apprehended a cell in February that was harbouring substances that could be used to either make a bomb or a “deadly toxin”.
Manhunt underway after 39 killed in Istanbul nightclub attack
Mr Wallace said: “The ambition of IS [Isis is also known as Islamic State] or Daesh is definitely mass casualty attacks. They want to harm as many people as possible and terrorise as many people as possible.
“They have no moral objection to using chemical weapons against populations and if they could, they would in this country. The casualty figures which could be involved would be everybody’s worst fear.
“We have certainly seen reports of them using it in Syria and Iraq (and) we have certainly seen aspiration for it in Europe.”
The comments, in a Sunday Times interview, came before the suspected terror attack that killed at least 39 New Year revellers at a Turkish nightclub.
Officials said at least one gunman reportedly wearing a Santa costume murdered a police officer and a civilian outside Istanbul’s famed Reina nightclub before bursting inside.
The attacker opened fire into the crowd of up to 700 people, killing at least 39 – including 15 foreigners – and injuring dozens more in the Ortakoy district.
In the interview, Mr Wallace also warned about the threat from “the enemy within” as terror groups, Russia and cyber attackers were trying to plant “traitors” in the Government, the military and leading businesses.
“There are traitors,” he said. “We have to be on our guard for the enemy within.
“The insider threat, as we would call it, is real and it can be exploited and there are people trying to do that as we speak.”
Mr Wallace said the security services and the police carried out exercises to deal with terrorist attacks by lone wolves and marauding gunmen, as well as mass-casualty attacks.
The minister oversaw one exercise by the fire service in northwest England to deal with chemical decontamination.
He also warned that, as Isis was driven out of its strongholds in the Middle East, returning jihadis would pose a growing threat to Britain.
About 800 Britons went to fight in Syria and just under half have returned. Approximately 100 have been killed.
“The big concern is if Mosul collapses and all the other bases of IS collapse,” Mr Wallace said.
“We know there are a significant number of [Britons] fighting for IS in Syria. They will probably want to come home.”
The warnings come after a year in which Europe suffered a spate of terror attacks using less sophisticated means, including when lorries were driven through crowds in Nice and Berlin.
In March, three coordinated suicide bombers attacked the airport and metro system in Brussels, with Isis claiming responsibility. _________________ --
'Suppression of truth, human spirit and the holy chord of justice never works long-term. Something the suppressors never get.' David Southwell
Martin Van Creveld: Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother."
Martin Van Creveld: I'll quote Henry Kissinger: "In campaigns like this the antiterror forces lose, because they don't win, and the rebels win by not losing."
'Syrian Army stuck another blow to future designs of the US-led Coalition and Israel, as they seized a hidden terrorist weapons cache located in the recently liberated eastern suburb of Damascus, in Barzeh and Al-Qaboun.
It is believed that many such weapons caches are hidden throughout the country as part of a NATO covert GLADIO-style contingency plan, or “stay behind operation,” that could be activated in the event that the ‘rebel’ terrorist are eventually defeated and driven from Syria. Western-backed terrorists would then be able to return and access concealed arms depots in order to stir violence and instability again in the future.
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – This morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized large quantities of ammunition, automatic rifles, anti-tank missiles and IED’s (improvised explosive devices) left behind by jihadist insurgents in east Damascus.
The spoils of war were put on display to a local radio station by Syrian authorities on Wednesday after multiple storage facilities containing armaments were discovered in Barzeh and Al-Qaboun, two suburbs in east Damascus that were restored under SAA control in late May due to an evacuation deal at the time.
According to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, rebel fighters often try to keep their weapons hidden for good before signing evacuation deals with the SAA, hoping to return for battle on a later date to recover the guns....' _________________ 'And he (the devil) said to him: To thee will I give all this power, and the glory of them; for to me they are delivered, and to whom I will, I give them'. Luke IV 5-7.
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