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Τετάρτη, 23 Μαρτίου 2016

Two Suspects in Brussels Attack Identified


Belgium’s state broadcaster identified brothers Khalid el-Bakraoui and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui as two of the suspects (NYT) in Tuesday’s bomb attacks at an airport and metro station in Brussels, citing sources close to the investigation. At least one of the brothers is believed to have died in the airport suicide attack, but a third attacker, who has yet to be identified publicly, remains at large (Guardian). Police had been searching for the Bakraoui brothers since March 15, when security forces conducted raids targeting suspects believed to be involved in the November terrorist attacks in Paris. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, which killed at least thirty-four people and injured more than two hundred (France24). Meanwhile, Belgium held a minute of silence early Wednesday for victims of the attack.


“With Paris and Brussels having been struck within a few months of each other, and with the refugee crisis still ongoing, some of the E.U.’s central values—openness, pluralism, freedom of movement—are starting to unravel. Unless the union can somehow get a grip on the terrorist threat (or, at least, be seen to be making progress in that direction), this destructive process is likely to accelerate,” writes John Cassidy for the New Yorker.

“The problem, of course, is that there’s growing evidence of small, compartmentalized jihadist cells operating in places like Molenbeek across the European continent. These cells will be bound together by codes of conduct that put loyalty above all else. But they may not necessarily know what another cell may be plotting and planning. For law enforcement services, there is no alternative but to understand and try to infiltrate these networks. The time for excuses and maintaining that the problem is too big to contain is long over,” writes Leela Jacinto for Foreign Policy.

“Europe's terrorism problem is something it will have to simply manage and, at times, endure. That will mean providing security, without overreacting in ways that only help terrorists by disseminating the fear they desire or by punishing the refugees who are both innocent and themselves victims of the same groups. It will mean addressing at-risk individuals or communities without overpolicing them or otherwise treating them as the enemy when they're not. That is not a case for defeatism, and it's certainly not a case for fear, which only strengthens the terrorist groups. Terrorism is still a threat that kills far fewer Europeans than other kinds of crime—much less than, say, automobile accidents. But it is precisely to combat that fear, and the dangerous far-right politics it promotes, that Europeans will have to understand that this is part of their reality now,” writes Max Fisher for Vox.

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