Over 150 people killed by terrorist attacks across Europe in 2015
Europe is facing an increasing risk of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks that have become a “favored tactic” for jihadist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda, the continent’s policing agency warned in a report Wednesday.
Europol said the recent attacks in France and Germany have highlighted how difficult it is for authorities to detect and disrupt lone actor attacks. Continue reading
CIA Director John Brennan spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday where he is expected to warn US lawmakers that Islamic State militants are training and preparing to deploy operatives for further attacks on the West and will rely more on guerrilla-style tactics to compensate for their territorial losses.
Per his prepared remarks before the Committee, Brennan said that ISIS has been working to build an apparatus to direct and inspire attacks against its foreign enemies, as in the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels. “ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West.”
Most importantly, he said the Islamic State is working to smuggle them into countries, perhaps among refugee flows or through legitimate means of travel. Continue reading