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    One suspect has been shot dead, officials say, and as many as two others are said to be on the run after a counter-terrorism raid in Brussels.

    The suspects were believed to have been barricaded in a flat after earlier firing shots at the police.

    Four police officers were wounded in the south Brussels suburb of Forest.

    The raid was linked to last year's Paris attacks in which 130 people died. Islamic State (IS) militants have claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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    AdamG,

    What is significant is that this planned operation was jointly done by Belgium and France. I expect the French provided the technical and on the ground surveillance, leaving the Belgians to do the 'executive action' and I note none of the photos seem to show French personnel.
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    Default A fingerprint and pizza what done it

    A rather detailed explanation of this week's operation in Belguim and the capture of the only Paris attacker still alive:http://www.politico.eu/article/hunt-...paris-attacks/

    I am aware that the details of the operation being public has been criticised. According to one Tweet the locals stoned the police last night in Molenbeek.

    Interesting that the prisoner was within 500m of his former home.

    The BBC earlier today reported:
    Abdeslam will fight extradition to France but has been co-operating with police, his lawyer says
    Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35852159
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    Somehow the NYT has an official French on what happened before and during the November 2015 Paris attacks. Just whether this is really in the public interest is a moot point:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/20/world/europe/a-view-of-isiss-evolution-in-new-details-of-paris-attacks.html?

    CNN's version (it appears to be a joint report with NYT):http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/21/eu...ack/index.html
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    Default A View of ISIS’s Evolution in New Details of Paris Attacks

    A View of ISIS’s Evolution in New Details of Paris Attacks

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    Default How the French learned to love their police

    A BBC report that looks back to look forwards:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36081915

    Including a superb, hitherto unseen video clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duCI...=RDduCIpdE-Q6I


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    Default Questions without answers

    Professor John Schindler wonders who was behind the Paris attacks; here is a paragraph:
    Such oddities lead to nagging questions about who really attacked Paris last November and murdered 130 innocent people. While none can doubt that operatives linked with ISIS—some of them tightly so—executed that atrocity, who was in control of the plot is considered an open question by several Western intelligence services. To anybody versed in counterintelligence, key matters—Who designed the rather complex plot? Who paid for it and arranged the multinational logistics? Who provided training and related clandestine support?—remain unexplained to date. Yet such questions deserve real answers, given the atrocity visited on Paris.
    Link:http://observer.com/2016/05/the-worl...last-november/

    Sadly this is not the first time Paris has suffered from a "false flag" attack; as he explains it was the Algerian government last time.
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    Default Simple and complicated: two sides of the CT "coin"

    David Wells, a CT SME with Australian-UK experience, has three articles examining European terrorism after Paris.

    In the first one assumption I think John Schindler makes about the attackers use of phones and OPSEC is undermined:
    . It appears that the group’s communications — at least during the operational phase of the attack — were unencrypted. Instead, the attackers used a communications strategy first popularised in HBO’s The Wire – burner phones.
    He does wonder why several times.
    Link:http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/...-windfall.aspx

    His second article ponders if Australia is prepared and refers to the AFP's approach being:
    raid early and raid often
    Link:http://www.theage.com.au/comment/ter...23-gnpn80.html

    Third and IMHO a very unlikely prospect he asks is this time for a European intelligence agency:http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/...ce-agency.aspx
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    Default France Tests “Tough Love” De-radicalisation Approach

    Thanks to ICSR @ Kings. So the French have bitten the "Prevent" "bullet", setting up centres to de-radicalize and a senior official stated:
    ...they are not intended for people returning from Syria/Iraq, but for “weak-willed volunteers”, largely youngsters already monitored as vulnerable to radicalisation.

    ...the centres will first deconstruct and counter jihadism’s ideological discourse, a task that will be “largely outsourced” to specialized associations which “are themselves still struggling a little, as has to be admitted”. Once they have successfully countered the ideology, they will enter a “therapeutic phase” that deals with any grave problems they have, including dropping-out of school/work, and those suffering from mental illness will be referred to a psychiatric clinic.....those who do not comply will face the wrath of the state.
    Link:http://icsr.info/2016/06/france-test...tion-approach/
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    Default Intelligence: an army of soldiers wearing lead boots

    A commission has concluded, using the title and sub-title of one UK report:
    Paris attacks inquiry finds multiple failings by French intelligence agencies; Commission calls for creation of national counter-terrorism agency and says Bataclan attack could have been prevented
    Link:https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...gence-agencies

    The BBC report is different:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36711604
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    Default Moderator adds

    There is new thread debating CT after Nice and a small number of recent posts have been moved there.
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    The Nice murderer was not a Muslim and more. Much of the information coming from family members, sadly mental health issues historically. You decide was he radicalised or exploited by radicals? Plus where did he get all that money for his family?
    Link:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/16/bastille-day-terrorist-was-radicalised-within-months-and-sent-84/?
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    Paris (AFP) - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Saturday called on young citizens to become reservists and help boost security forces in the wake of the country's latest terror attack.

    France's "operational reservists" include French citizens with or without military experience as well as former soldiers.

    "I want to call on all French patriots who wish to do so, to join this operational reserve," said Cazeneuve.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/paris-cal...56.html?ref=gs
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    The Nice murderer was not a Muslim and more.
    "Not a Muslim" isn't accurate, or ISIS would have never recruited him. He was of Muslim birth, but an Apostate whose psychosis overlapped ISIS's recruiting parameters. There's tons of former Muj now in jumpsuits moping around in detention areas that are cut from the same cloth - hypocritical assholes (especially on Man-Love Thursdays).

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    I think we're lumping the ISIS attacks in Belgium into this thread.

    Two female officers were injured after being attacked by a machete-wielding man near the police station in the Belgian city of Charleroi, the authorities said.

    The perpetrator, who could be heard shouting “Allahu Akbar," was shot by a third officer on site, the RTL radio station claims, citing local police.

    The attacker was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but later died of his injuries
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    Default Merah: The ‘Untold Story’ of a French Jihadist Icon

    A short, fascinating and grim article on Mohammed Merah, who terrorised France for a few days in March 2012:http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/a...-jihadist-icon

    It is based on a new book:
    In light of the remarkable upsurge of homegrown Islamic terror in France, a new exposé on Mohamed Merah by French journalist Alex Jordanov could hardly be more timely. Jordanov’s book is titled Merah, l’itinéraire secret—roughly, “Merah: The Untold Story”—and it lives up to its name.

    The book is only available in French.

    The author has been able to obtain access to the contents of the police case file on Merah, including numerous documents that have never before been made public: intelligence reports, interrogations of both Merah and suspected accomplices, wiretapped phone conversations, private e-mails, letters to family members, etc. He has supplemented his documentary research with interviews of people who knew or crossed paths with Merah. He also had the opportunity to view the video from Merah’s GoPro.
    From the article:
    Jordanov’s research provides a unique window onto Merah’s life and crimes, offering important insight into his motives and the unflinching brutality of the ideology to which he subscribed. But it also reveals mind-boggling failings on the part of French counterterrorism. The story of Mohamed Merah is, in effect, that of a train wreck waiting to happen or, to paraphrase his brother Abdelghani, a ticking time bomb waiting to explode—while French intelligence looked on.
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    Default Terrorism & Drugs

    The reported cross-over between 'traditional' crime, not just drugs and terrorism in this linked article looks at France. The title and sub-title:
    ‘A training in violence’: the connecting line between France’s ‘war on drugs’ and jihadism. In France, there are many ways in which the pool of violence caused by drug prohibition bleeds into home-grown jihadism. But there is an alternative.
    (Shortly afterwards) France has the most extreme and intense ‘war on drugs’ in western Europe – and there is growing evidence that there is a connecting line from that fact, to this wider crisis.
    Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/drugpolicy/johann-hari/training-in-violence-connecting-line-between-france-war-on-drugs-and-jihadism?
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    Default Whoops sadly

    A WSJ report on a Belgian post-event review after the Paris and Brussels attacks, after clearly some extensive access if not a copy:http://www.wsj.com/articles/secret-r...ves-1483630994

    A catalogue of missed opportunities best shown in the concluding passage:
    ... three weeks before the Paris attacks, a Belgian terror-threat analysis body detected that Salah had changed his social-media profile picture to an ISIS flag. It alerted federal police. Nothing was done with that information; the police said the case had been closed.
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    The Engine Room

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    One to watch: @CrossCheck, combining collaborative verification methods from @meedan @bellingcat + others
    https://firstdraftnews.com/crosscheck-launches#

    CrossCheck brings together expertise from media and technology industries to ensure hoaxes, rumors and false claims are swiftly debunked, and misleading or confusing stories are accurately reported. With the French presidential election as its primary focus, journalists from organizations across France will work together to find and verify content circulating publicly online, whether it is photographs, videos, memes, comment threads or news sites.
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    Russian info warfare hard at work now against France.....still heavily engaged also against Ukraine and Germany...

    EU Mythbusters

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    A cooperation project between 17 newsrooms @crosscheck will help French voters to understand whom to trust online.
    https://euvsdisinfo.eu/la-lutte-continue/#

    Solid debunk by @DFRLab of that ridiculous "French journalists in Moscow are rooting for Macron" piece
    https://medium.com/@DFRLab/frankly-u...fe#.y2u4179fx#
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