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ISIS Moroccan net primed to strike across Europe

August 20, 2017

Source: ISIS Moroccan net primed to strike across Europe

DEBKAfile  Exclusive Report  August 20, 2017, 10:34 AM (IDT)

Spanish Intrior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido repeatedly promised on Saturday Aug. 19 that after the Islamic State’s car attacks Thursday and Friday had left 14 dead and more than 130 injured in two Spanish cities, the terrorist network responsible for the violence had been “fully dismantled” and no longer posed a threat.

That assurance was meant to calm the jittery public and visitors, but was far from representing all the facts..

debkafile’s intelligence and counterterrorism sources report that the clandestine ISIS cell which ran those attacks from a base in the small Ripoli, near Spain’s Pyrenean border with France, has indeed gone out of business. But it was only one branch of a broad terror network stretching out from Morocco across at least six European countries: Spain, France, Germany, Belgium Holland, and as far north as Finland, where a Moroccan “refugee” Friday stabbed to death two women in the southwestern town of Turku.

There are troubling signs that the attacks in Spain and Finland were no more than the opening shots of a major onslaught in preparation by this Islamic State network. Unusually, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Cambrils, Spain, after first claiming the prior outrage on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas promenade. The second claim cited both attacks, substantiating the link in an ongoing chain of events. The bomb-making workshop, which accidentally blew up at Acrona, also provided lethal evidence of an organization bent on sowing death on a massive scale.

In Cambrils, police shot dead all five terrorists, after they used a vehicle to replicate the Barcelona outrage, killing one person and injuring seven. Four suspects are in police custody.

The Spanish Minister did not of course disclose the events leading up to the Catalan attacks. Our sources can reveal, however, that they go back to May 8, when Spanish and Moroccan intelligence agencies working together uncovered a dangerous ISIS network which had sent out shoots across Europe through Moroccan Tangiers and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Catalonia was to be their new address and theater of operations.
Most of the perpetrators of the Catalan attacks were in fact local residents of Moroccan descent. Some had direct links to ISIS contacts in Syria and Iraq, and some were discovered leaving the country to fight with ISIS in Syria.

On May 22, Spanish and Moroccan anti-terror agencies working in conjunction rounded up a group of suspects in Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. They were in possession of large amounts of weapons and preparing to strike a famous music festival in the town that attracts audiences from many countries.
Catalans were found in this group too.

Since the deadly Barcelona terror attack, a pattern has emerged of mass-casualty crimes mostly targeting popular international holiday resorts during this summer. The Spanish authorities knew that the Catalan cell, which operated as part of this multi-armed killing machine, was run by the “Wilaya of the Islamic State in the Maghreb al-Aqsa-Morocco,” which takes its orders from the ISIS central command in Syria.

Nonetheless no high security alerts marred the peak tourism season at Catalonia’s holiday resorts, even though local Muslim extremists had been picked up on their way to Morocco or Syria.

debkafile’s terror experts note that the Turku attack was a small pointer to the broad wingspread of the ISIS network run from Morocco,  but it has not told Europe’s counter-terror authorities where those scattered cells will strike next.

Eli Cohen – Israel’s greatest master spy

August 19, 2017

( May God bless his soul. – JW )

Eliyahu Ben-Shaul Cohen (Hebrew: אֱלִיָּהוּ בֵּן שָׁאוּל כֹּהֵן‎‎‎, Arabic: إيلي كوهين‎‎‎; 26 December 1924 – 18 May 1965), commonly known as Eli Cohen, was an Israeli spy. He is best known for his espionage work in 1961–1965 in Syria, where he developed close relationships with the political and military hierarchy and became the Chief Adviser to the Minister of Defense. Syrian counter-intelligence authorities eventually uncovered the spy conspiracy, captured and convicted Cohen under pre-war martial law, sentencing him to death in 1965. The intelligence he gathered before his arrest is said to have been an important factor in Israel’s success in the Six Day War.

 

Tel Aviv City Hall lights up in solidarity with Spain

August 19, 2017

Source: Tel Aviv City Hall lights up in solidarity with Spain | The Times of Israel

Iconic building shows yellow and red after deadly Barcelona attack, joining other landmarks

August 18, 2017, 8:24 am
The Tel Aviv City Hall seen lit up to depict the Spanish flag, in solidarity with Spain, on August 17, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Tel Aviv city hall seen lit up to depict the Spanish flag, in solidarity with Spain, on August 17, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Tel Aviv’s City Hall lit up in red and yellow on Thursday night in solidarity with Spain after a deadly terror attack in Barcelona, joining other landmarks around the world.

The wide facade of the iconic Tel Aviv building displayed lights depicting the Spanish flag for several hours overnight.

The municipality building’s lights are often used to show solidarity with different causes or following terror attacks around the world.

“Israel condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I send condolences to families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, when a white van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone.

The lights of One World Trade Center are lit in the colors of the Spanish flag to honor the victims of the Barcelona terror attack on August 17, 2017 in New York. (AFP/Bryan R. Smith)

The lights of One World Trade Center are lit in the colors of the Spanish flag to honor the victims of the Barcelona terror attack on August 17, 2017 in New York. (AFP/Bryan R. Smith)

Hours later, an Audi rammed into pedestrians in the seaside town of Cambrils, some 120 kilometers away. The attacks were thought to be linked.

In New York City, One World Trade Center’s spire also lit up in red and yellow in solidarity with Barcelona.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, my heart goes out to the victims of the apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona and their loved ones,” Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote on Twitter.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark 15 minutes early on Friday morning in remembrance of the victims of the Barcelona attack.

President Emmanuel Macron voiced “France’s solidarity” with Spanish citizens following what he called “a tragic attack.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “Parisians are at your side. Barcelona and Paris are cities that share love and tolerance. Our values are much stronger than this heinous and cowardly act of terrorism.”

 

Israel’s former counter terrorism chief warns: IS will carry out chemical attack

August 19, 2017

Source: Israel’s former counter terrorism chief warns: IS will carry out chemical attack | The Times of Israel

Islamic State’s worst ‘is yet to come,’ warns Nitzan Nuriel

August 18, 2017, 11:50 pm
Illustrative: An Islamic State terrorist waves the jihadist organization's flag (CC BY-SA Alatele fr, Flickr)

Illustrative: An Islamic State terrorist waves the jihadist organization’s flag (CC BY-SA Alatele fr, Flickr)

Islamic State is in its death throes but the worst is yet to come, the former head of Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau, Brigadier General Nitzan Nuriel, said Friday, warning that the terror group could carry out a chemical attack.

“Western society must get used to the fact that terrorism is part of our life,” Nuriel said, speaking to Israel’s Army Radio. “We must get used to this, not in the sense of sitting around waiting for the next attack, and not in the sense of stopping to go abroad or to stop living, but in the sense of seeing who can improve the actions or processes that may help push back the next attack and make it an attack that will not claim large numbers of casualties.”

Nuriel, a 30-year IDF veteran, was speaking in the wake of the Barcelona and Cambrils terror attacks. At least 14 people were killed and some 130 were wounded in the two attacks. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Nuriel said that even though the group was in steep decline, it still had the ability to inflict great harm

“I, sadly, was among those who said, ‘I told you so,’ those who said that 2017 will be a bloody year in Europe,” he said.

“I think the worst is yet to come. What we are witnessing is the death throes of death of the physical infrastructure of Islamic State in the region, and these will regrettably be accompanied by many incidents of this kind and worse. I, for one, believe that a chemical terror attack is ahead of us,” he said, adding that “Islamic State has the knowledge, the capabilities and the means. I think they have already made the decision. All that remains is the operation in which this will happen.”

Nuriel said every aspect of such an attack, including obtaining the weapons and raw materials, could easily be organized by terror cells already located in European countries and trained for such missions.

He said that greater awareness was needed everywhere in order to intercept and prevent further attacks. And prevention was the responsibility of everyone, he said. “Prevention is something local and municipal authorities can do, to minimize the possibility that this will happen again.”

Nitzan Nuriel (CC BY-SA 4.0 Arielinson/Wikiepdia)

Nitzan Nuriel (CC BY-SA 4.0 Arielinson/Wikiepdia)

“What we need is to get at a situation where such incidents, when they happen, end after 10-15 seconds; so that a driver cannot plough on for 530 meters, either because we have prepared – in advance – roadblocks that can be raised immediately, or because there is intervention with assault rifles by security forces posted at the site.

 

America the Beautiful ( In the style of Ray Charles) cover – YouTube

August 18, 2017

 

My birth country which I love still is in pain right now….

 

 

Terrorist kills at least 13 in Barcelona car attack

August 17, 2017

Source: Terrorist kills at least 13 in Barcelona car attack

DEBKAfile  Exclusive Report  August 17, 2017, 7:51 PM (IDT)

 

On of the terrorists  who crashed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas Blvd Thursday, Aug, 17 killing at least 13 people and injuring 56, was reportedly captured holding diners hostage in a nearby restaurant. Tehn of the injured are in serious condition. The hostages were led out with raised hands.
The captured terrorist was identified by Spanish TV as a Spaniard of Moroccan descent. It was reported that he was with one or two more suspects who rented two vans for their combined attack on the Catalan city packed with August holidaymakers, including many families, and the restaurant. The police have set up roadblocks to capture one or more accomplices on the run..

The Spanish police have clamped a shutdown on information.

debkafile reported earlier:
A white van went careering down the Las Ramblas Blvd in central Barcelona Thursday, Aug. 17.crashing into crowds in massive terror attack which killed at least 13 people and injured dozens. Police are hunting for the driver and another man who fled on foot, and may be holed up nearby. A few minutes later, two armed men entered a restaurant.

The local police said the incident still unfolding is a terrorist attack.  Police have cordoned off the area and shut down the local metro and rail stations. The public has been herded into buildinsgs. The Chief Rabbi of Barcelona reported that the police have ordered all Jewish institutions in the city to close for the emergency and redoubled their guard.

The local shops have shuttered into lockdown mode. There is no further information about the combined terrorist attack. There are also reports of a live hostage incident and gunshots at a Turkish restaurant near the scene.
According to another report, posted on Twitter, The van hit people outside Barcelona’s Kosher restaurant, Maccabi, but also in a much wider area.

 

Developing…

 

Barcelona terror attack: Suspect arrested, at least one dead after van plows into crowd at popular tourist area

August 17, 2017

Source: Barcelona terror attack: Suspect arrested, at least one dead after van plows into crowd at popular tourist area | Fox News

DEVELOPING: At least one suspect has been arrested after a van plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in a popular Barcelona tourist area Thursday — resulting in at least one confirmed death —  as images of the carnage, showing bodies lying crumpled and bleeding in the street, flooded forth from the Spanish city.

Authorites have only confirmed one person was killed and 32 injured, 10 of them seriously, as Spanish newspaper El Pais and Cadena Serradio radio station, citing police sources, reported the death toll at 13.

The incident took place on Las Ramblas of Barcelona, the famous main pedestrian walk way that crosses the city. Police described the incident on Twitter as a “massive crash.”

Spain’s public broadcaster said at least one suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been arrested.  State-owned broadcaster RTVE reported a man was detained a few hours after the attack.

A private Spanish news agency, Europa Press, reported that police were looking for a man named Driss Oukabir, it wasn’t clear if that person is the man who was arrested.

RTVE reported investigators think two vans were used — one for the attack and a second as a getaway vehicle.

Barcelona’s Tv3: also reported the Spanish passport of a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack.

The van used in the attack was rented by Oukabir, El Pais reported, citing identification made by the Civil Guard.

BARCELONA TERROR ATTACK: LAWMAKERS AND NATIONAL FIGURES REACT

A grisly video of the incident appeared to show at least five people lying motionless on the ground, with legs twisted and heads bloodied.

“It was real chaos, people started running, screaming. There was a loud bang,” eyewitness Ethan Spibey told Sky News.

Footage from reporters on the ground shows armed officers combing a market.

Barcelona resident Keith Fleming told the Associated Press he was watching television in his building on a side street just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to the balcony to investigate.

Fleming said he saw “women and children just running and they looked terrified,” he then heard a bang, possibly from someone rolling down a store shutter, as more people raced by.

The American living in the Spanish city said police arrived, and pushed everyone a full block down the street. He says the officers still are there with guns drawn and riot police stationed at the end of the block.

President Trump condemned the attack, saying in a tweet “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will d

BARCELONA ‘TERROR’: TRUMP, STATE DEPARTMENT MONITORING SPAIN ATTACK

Catalan emergency services said people should not go to the area around Placa Catalunya, according to Reuters.

Emergency services in Catalonia say they have asked the Metro and train services in the area to close.

Police cordoned off the broad street and shut down its stores. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of the emergency services.

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe following the Barcelona attack.

The U.S consulate in Barcelona said on Twitter it was “aware of a reported incident at Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Please avoid the area and monitor local police @mossos for updates.”

“Americans in Spain: If you are safe, be sure to notify friends and loved ones. If you use social media, be sure to update your status,” the consulate tweeted.

The National Counterterrorism Center, the government hub for threat analysis, confirmed to Fox News the center is monitoring the events in Barcelona and note the use of a vehicle as a weapon.

Since July 2016, vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in terror attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London, and Stockholm.