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January 16, 2015

War Against ISIL Now in Europe

After a violent Islamist took hostages at a Kosher market in France, European police traced the man’s connections across Europe, arresting another man who wanted to buy a car from the jihadi’s wife, and apprehending one more in Germany on suspicion that he had returned from Syria after fighting with ISIL. The investigation came to a head in the Belgian town of Verviers Friday, as Belgian police closed in on a group of jihadis about to launch a terrorist attack in that country. Belgian prosecutor Thierry Werts told reporters after the raid, “This operational cell of about 10 people, some of whom had returned from Syria, was on the point of launching significant terrorist attacks in Belgium. During the search, certain suspects immediately opened fire at special forces of the police with automatic weapons. They opened fire for several minutes. Two suspects were killed and a third was arrested.” CNN now reports there may be 20 such “sleeper cells” across Europe, plotting eminent attacks. Because many of these jihadis are fighters who returned to their home countries after fighting for ISIL in the Middle East. In other words, the fear that ISIL would fragment and take their terror to the West is realized. More…

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