A restive region struggles with a fading EU, the arrival of the Trump administration, and the rise of Russia.
“It’s hard to be allied with someone who wants to destroy you,” one diplomat in Brussels told BuzzFeed News.
“It’s a wake-up call to European leaders that counting on America isn’t currently a smart policy,” one European intelligence official said after the sudden resignation of the US national security adviser.
“Jammeh is ready to fight to the teeth and spend money to stay in power,” said an ex-Liberian soldier who said he is being recruited by the strongman’s forces.
ISIS appears to lack networks in Germany to mount sophisticated attacks and has spent months inciting sympathizers to attack with knives and trucks — anything they have.
It is the biggest suicide attack operation since Japan in World War II. One expert said ISIS is using hundreds of car bombers like “a poor man’s” smart bomb.
Officials expect a rise in attacks as ISIS loses territories in Syria and Iraq.
The refugee agreement between Turkey and the EU could collapse amid threats from Ankara, and fears that a Trump administration will roll back US support. It risks bringing down the Greek government, and a domino effect across Europe.
After Trump’s win, officials across Europe are now scrambling to figure out what it means for the fight against ISIS.
“They knew exactly where this convoy would be.”
A breakthrough in the four-month-long manhunt for key suspect in the Paris attacks only came when Belgian officials asked the NSA for assistance, two investigators told BuzzFeed News. Read the full story here.
A small, well-organized ISIS cell has been at work in the heart of Europe for years, recruiting criminals, exploiting freedom of movement, and evading counterterrorism efforts. This spring and summer, as multiple attacks rocked Europe, Mitch Prothero spoke to the people shuttling between investigating the crimes that had already happened, while struggling to prevent new ones.
“It is unusual for ISIS to claim to have inspired an attack before the media has reported the attacker’s affinity for the Islamic State,” one analyst said.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was identified by French officials as the truck driver who plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing at least 84 people. BuzzFeed News World Correspondent Mitch Prothero is reporting from Nice.
Abu Omar al-Shishani, described by the U.S. as the group’s “Minister of War,” was recently killed, according to ISIS-affiliated news agency.
The attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport shows how the country has gone from a destination for international commerce and tourism to becoming a magnet for terrorist violence.
But they say that, in the longer term, intelligence sharing and security cooperation will likely continue as they have — on the bilateral level.
The video, released by an ISIS-linked propaganda network, is the most explicit call to date asking that ISIS followers wage attacks in the West: “Kill them wherever you find them.”
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the killing of 40-year-old commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and wife.