After Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on Brussels by terrorist members of ISIS, a report speculates Belgium authorities had advanced knowledge of a potential terrorist attack in the Belgian subway and airport where the attack took place.
The Israeli Haaretz reported that regardless of the fact that Brussels is home to many an international and security apparatus, which includes The Hague, Belgium was not prepared enough for the attack and the aftermath.
According to Haaretz, the terror attack was planned in Raqqa, Syria, the unofficial ISIS capital.
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Many sources in the media, quoting often unidentified intelligence analysts, have asserted that the terror attacks in Brussels are connected to the November terrorist attacks in Paris. The same infrastructure was used in terms of preparation and execution, reported Haaretz. The attack was led by Salah Abdeslam, who was just arrested last week in connection to the Paris bombings.
Reports indicate that Abdeslam’s arrest sparked the terrorist attack in Brussels as his fellow jihadist movement friends feared that after his arrest he would provide information to the government concerning their plans of attack.
Other developments in the investigation have come to light. It is possible that the terrorists were targeting Americans because the explosion took place near American Airlines counters, said Rep. Devin Nunes who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. President Obama has promised to aggressively target ISIS. The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for tougher and tighter restrictions on the European Unions borders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken with the Belgian prime minister and the European Union foreign minister to express his condolences and support.
Paul Van Tigchelt, leader of Belgium’s anti-terror unit, has said to reporters that the threat of terrorism is being kept at the highest possible level until further notice because of the possibility of more attacks.
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