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EU Anti-Terror Chief: Europe Can Expect More Islamist Attacks, French Expert: Threat Is Greater Than 9/11


The article below focuses primarily on jihadists returning home from Syria, but the problem is much larger than hundreds of Syrian fighters finding their way back within Western borders. It’s also the hundreds of thousands of like-minded Muslims who are already within them

Qur’an Sura 4:76a, “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah …”

Flashback: “I Have Been Made Victorious With Terror” – Mohammed

By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff – “Has Europe under-estimated the security threat posed by battle-hardened homegrown Islamic militants returning from Syria?

After the chance arrest in France of the suspected perpetrator of last week’s deadly shooting at a Jewish Museum in Brussels, concern mounted Monday that the region is ill-equipped to cope with the threat posed by homegrown Islamic militants returning from Syria’s battlefields.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman who spent more than a year fighting in Syria, was detained on Friday in Marseille following a random customs check on the coach on which he had been traveling, which had started its journey in the Netherlands.

Nemmouche, 29, was carrying a Kalashnikov automatic rifle and a handgun, the same type of weapons used in the museum attack, and a camera which contained a 40-second film in which he appears to claim responsibility for a professionally-executed shooting which left three people dead and another man in a critical condition.

Police sources said Nemmouche had refused to say anything to his interrogators. His lawyer told AFP that, ‘in principle’ he would not oppose request for him to be handed over to the Belgian authorities.

Investigators are trying to establish if he acted entirely alone and if he was planning other attacks, as French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said was highly likely.

‘He was extremely dangerous,’ Cazeneuve said. ‘It was probable that he would have struck again.’

Questions meanwhile have begun to be raised about how an individual who had been known to the French security services was able to avoid surveillance following his return to Europe.

The DGSE intelligence agency had been notified of his return when he landed in Germany at the end of March.

Radicalized in prison, Nemmouche spent over a year fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the most radical of the jihadist groups in Syria which is closely aligned with Al Qaeda.

A European 9/11?

Europe can expect further ‘small-scale attacks’ like the fatal shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the EU’s anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove said Monday.

‘I don’t expect another 9/11,’ he said in a video statement. ‘I don’t expect a major sophisticated attack.’

‘I [do] expect more small-scale attacks like the one in Brussels,’ he added.

Not everyone agrees. French Al-Qaeda expert Jean-Pierre Filiu believes the threat posed by groups like ISIS, for Europe, is greater than that created by the Taliban’s sheltering of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan prior to the 2001 attacks on New York.

‘Barack Obama said last week that a new September 11 is not possible in the United States. He was probably right because there are only a handful of American jihadists in Syria, but the danger of a European 9/11 is more real,’ Filiu said.” Read more.

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