Wednesday, February 28

The Islamic State, a growing threat to Europe

The French security services fear Islamist attacks or attempted attacks in France, Spain and other European countries, conceived by members, sympathizers or “lone wolves” close to the Islamic State (IS), Daesh (Dawla al-Islamiyya fi al-‘ Iraqwa-sh-Sham). The repatriation of children and wives of jihadists, members of Daesh and other terrorist groups, from refugee camps in Syria and Iraq, the attack in Algeciras, and a succession of demands in the Maghreb and South Saharan Africa, confirm growing threats, which A police source comments to ABC in this way: “At the beginning of the year, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack on a Protestant church in a church in Kasindi, in the east of the Republic of the Congo, with a bloody balance sheet, a dozen dead and forty injured. . Days later, the Moroccan Minister of the Interior announced the dismantling of a jihadist cell in Chtouka Ait Baha, in central Morocco. For days, in Paris, the special services have been interrogating fifteen women repatriated from the Roj refugee camp in Syria, former militants and wives of jihadist leaders. At the moment, the anti-terrorist Prosecutor’s Office has decided to indefinitely prolong the detention. There are other indicators and information: everything seems to confirm that Daesh has been rebuilt. Through social networks and other means of communication and propaganda, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany offer many potential targets. Standard Related News Yes The horror of the women of jihadists and their repatriated children: “They lived under plastic, at 50 degrees in summer and below zero in winter” Pablo Muñoz The parents of Yolanda Martínez and Luna Fernández reproach the four-year abandonment of the ” Progressive Government» and recount the harsh living conditions of their daughters and grandchildren Benefited by the war in Ukraine Putin’s Russia’s imperial war against Ukraine is facilitating the spread of the Islamic jihadist threat indirectly. In the Middle East, the disputes and tensions of variable geometry between Turkey, the Kurds (between Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran), and a fearsome rainbow of Islamist groups (Sunnis and Shiites, at war, between them), are forced the migration of groups, families and individuals close to Daesh, towards Africa and Europe. Officially, Daesh, the Islamic State, was defeated militarily, as a “state” organization, defeated in 2017. However, that “victory” had something of a mirage. Adel Bakawan, a researcher specializing in issues of Islamic terrorism, declared to the weekly ‘Le Point’: «To understand the ongoing process it is necessary to differentiate substantial things. As a territorial entity, »state«, Daesh was defeated at the end of 2017. That embryo of an Islamist state, aspired to control territories and populations. On the contrary, the terrorist base did not disappear. It was able to disperse, in the Middle East, in Africa, through the refugee camps, where it is still present. And, somehow, having lost its old »state responsibilities«, Daesh can conceive, provoke or fuel jihadist attacks. In Africa it has already happened. In Europe it can happen tomorrow. The refugee camps in Syria and Turkey are a first field of flammable mines, whose explosion can reach Europe with relative ease. Weeks ago, the Syrian Army discovered weapons and explosives in two of the refugee camps where women and children repatriated to Spain and France have resided for several years. In Paris, the interrogations of the repatriated women by the anti-terrorist Prosecutor have confirmed a deep concern. The attacks in Algeciras and Kasindi, in the east of the Republic of Congo, have confirmed, at least, the propagation routes of ideas and projects (own or induced) close to Daesh or other small jihadist groups. From the heart of Africa, the routes of immigration, through Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria and Libya, are confused with the routes of jihadist propagation. Perhaps it is not by chance that the recent Spanish-French summit left the French closure of various border posts in the Pyrenees without a clear and final answer. The Government of Emmanuel Macron fears that the Government of Pedro Sánchez does not always control access to France, through these routes, of African immigrants.

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