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    EU Politicians Warned of New Daesh Terror Threat Across Europe

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    Lawmakers in the European Parliament are Monday (May 23) discussing the latest report from Europol on the changing modus operandi of Daesh, also known as ISIL, that says terrorists has developed an external action command trained for special forces style attacks.

    Members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, are set to discuss the implications of the latest assessment of the threat from Daesh by Europol that predicts:

    "[Daesh] inspired terrorists or another religiously inspired terrorist group will undertake a terrorist attack somewhere in Europe again, but particularly in France, intended to cause mass casualties amongst the civilian population."

    Key judgements of the ‘Changes in Modus Operandi of Islamic State Terrorist Attacks’ review.
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    Key judgements of the ‘Changes in Modus Operandi of Islamic State Terrorist Attacks’ review.
    The report says the Paris attacks – Charlie Hebdo and November 13, 2015 — appear to indicate a shift towards a broader strategy of Daesh going global, of them specifically attacking France, but also the possibly of attacks against other Member States of the EU in the near future.

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    The report was written ahead of the bombing of Brussels International Airport in late March 2016, in which three coordinated nail bombings at the airport and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels killed 32 victims. The three perpetrators were killed and over 300 people were injured.

    "Intelligence suggests that IS [Daesh] has developed an external action command trained for special forces style attacks in the international environment. [Daesh] terrorist cells currently operating in the EU are largely domestic and/or locally based," the report states.

    Apart from training facilities in Syria, the report says, there exist also smaller scale training camps in the EU and in Balkan countries. Survival training enables Daesh recruiters to test fitness and determination of aspiring members. Sports activities have been used for combat and interrogation resistance training.

    Key findings of the ‘Changes in Modus Operandi of Islamic State Terrorist Attacks’ review.
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    Key findings of the ‘Changes in Modus Operandi of Islamic State Terrorist Attacks’ review.

    "An increasing phenomenon is that of Islamist 'brotherhood gatherings', analogous to other faction camps that have existed for decades with other religious movements. This is a relatively new concept for Muslims, which first surfaced only a couple of years ago."

    Intelligence information on foreigners joining the ranks of Daesh suggests that recruitment can take place very quickly, without necessarily requiring a long radicalization process. Age plays a role: younger people are found to be more impressionable and radicalize quicker than older candidates.

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