Saturday, June 17, 2017

'We're Up for Several More Years of Increased Jihadi Terror in Europe'

The number of people arrested on suspicion of Islamist terrorism in Europe has been on the rise for three years in a row, according to Europol’s annual EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report published on Thursday.
Radio Sputnik discussed the findings of the report with Pieter Van Ostaeyen, a Belgian expert specializing in international jihad.

The European police force said more than 700 jihadist terror suspects were arrested in 2016.

"Since the last audio message by [former Daesh spokesman] Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, we have seen an uptick in jihadist attacks all over Europe. The basic message was ‘don’t come to Syria or Iraq if you don’t want to see us attacking you at home.’ And we have indeed seen a number of jihadist plots in Europe, some of them thwarted and some executed,” Pieter Van Ostaeyen said.

When asked about how successful European security agencies have been in preventing such attacks and combating home-grown terrorism in the past three years, he said that since the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, European security forces have achieved a certain degree of success and are better equipped to prevent such attacks from happening.

Speaking about the so-called “lone wolf” attacks and how they can be prevented, Pieter Van Ostaeyen said that there is really no way to prevent them.

“Most of the ‘lone wolf’ attackers who were arrested said that they had been in contact with some kind of inspirational members of [Daesh]. We also need to find a way to ‘outgrow’ this jihadist ideology and offer a better alternative by investing more in housing, education, things like that. Meanwhile, I believe that we’re up for several more years of increased jihadi terror in Europe.”......https://sptnkne.ws/eE2U
 (Sputnik)
 17/6/17
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