TSG Report Quoted in the New Statesman: Why did European Intelligence Agencies Fail to Stop the Brussels Attacks?
April 5, 2016
By: Shiraz Maher
The day after the Brussels attacks, in which 32 people died at Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek Metro station, I travelled to the Belgian capital and found an alarming lack of urgency among the forces of law and order. While some of the press reported that there were armed police on the streets, I witnessed only the lightest of security presences wherever I went. When I visited the suspected “bomb factory” in Schaerbeek, where the hardware for the November attacks in Paris was made, it seemed like any other day in the troubled district…
Belgium has more foreign fighters per capita than any other country in Europe – roughly 46 per million people. According to a study by The Soufan Group, the New York-based security intelligence consultancy, 74 per cent of the estimated 5,000 European jihadi fighters in Syria and Iraq are from four countries: Belgium, France, Britain and Germany…
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