Attack at Istanbul Atatürk Airport

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By now many of you, my readers, are fairly well acquainted with the reports and videos coming out surrounding the attack at Atatürk Airport.  Those reports tell us that the attacks are the handiwork of the Islamic State and that we have three attackers, one who blew himself up outside, and two who then made their way inside, firing upon travelers, and blowing themselves up after being engaged by Turkish security.  Yet, still images of the three seem to belie that portrayal to some degree.  The one I’ve included here shows three men looking fairly casual and ready to take a trip somewhere. Continue reading

New Arrests in Belgium–And I Think They Are Significant

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Friday and Saturday have brought new arrests and charges in Belgium, one definitely connected to the March 22nd attacks.  Youssef E.A. (b. August 4, 1985) was arrested on Friday and had the book thrown at him: participation in the activities of a terrorist group, murder in a terrorist context and assassination attempts in a terrorist context, as author, co-author or accomplice.  Nothing further was given regarding his identity or the particulars of the activities of which he is accused. Continue reading

Updates From Around Belgium

The Jumet Case: More Identities and Linkages to France

On Tuesday, Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure (DH) reported interesting new information about the case of jihadist cell emanating out of Jumet/Charleroi.  When I wrote on the topic a month ago, only partial identities had been released, but I was able to work out a couple of them.  One of those was confirmed in this report, which leads me to believe I was correct about both of them.  Unfortunately, the DH article is a subscription-only item, so I have only the opening blurb to work from.  Nevertheless, it gives me enough to advance the story a little. Continue reading

Massacre in Orlando

I woke up this morning to the news of the massacre at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando.  By the time I am writing, there are already 50 confirmed dead and many injured, making it the most destructive mass shooting in US history.

The identity of the shooter, who was killed by law enforcement at the end of a three hour hostage standoff, has already been released: Omar Mateen or Omar Saddiqui Mateen.  No one has yet stated officially that this crime is linked to international terrorism, but there is a great deal of speculation and “leaning” towards this as a motive already by the pundits.  Numerous sites have already gone to work in unearthing what we can know about the shooter through open source information. Continue reading

Mumbai-Style in Düsseldorf

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Authorities made three arrests on Thursday in different locations throughout Germany in relation to a terror plot aimed at the historic district of Düsseldorf.  Hamza C., age 27, was arrested at a refugee center in the small Brandenburg town of Bliesdorf (some articles say Wriezen, a neighboring town, so it is possibly in between the two).  The second suspect, 25-year-old Mahood B., was arrested in Mülheim an der Ruhr in the German state of North Rhein-Westphalia.  The third, 31-year-old Abd Arahman A.K., was arrested in Leimen, a town of 25,000 just south of Heidelberg in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Continue reading