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    Deadly Truck Attack in Nice (186)

    In the wake of Thursday night’s deadly truck attack in Nice, Djordje Kuzmanovic, a military expert and the head of defense affairs at the French Left Party, has outlined a list of urgent measures that need to be taken against the scourge of terrorism.

    In a statement released on Friday, Djordje Kuzmanovic criticized the way the nationwide state of emergency has been implemented and Operation Sentinelle, launched in the wake of the January 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, in which combat troops patrol streets and protect key sites.

    “Police and army forces  were actually engaged in actions that promoted the government’s policy and suppressed the people’s legitimate  protest against the new Labor Code proposed by Labor Minister [Myriam] El-Khomri,” Kuzmanovic wrote.

    He then outlined a list of emergency measures that need to be taken to prevent the loss of national unity and democratic traditions especially in the run-up to next year’s presidential elections:

    1. Take preventive measures, primarily aimed at jihadists.

    2. Reorganize the domestic and foreign intelligence agencies thrown into a state of chaos by the previous governments.

    3. Outlaw the activities of Salafite and Takfirist preachers and their financial donors on the territory of France.

    4. Exert strong diplomatic and other pressure on the stimulators of Wahhabi terrorism, above all Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and to discourage some French politicians from being too chummy with these countries.

    5. Confiscate the property and other assets of financial tycoons  suspected of financing terrorists, and give them back only in case of these people’s unequivocal cooperation with French intelligence.

    6. Closely coordinate our actions with Russian intelligence and counterterrorism agencies.

    7. Reopen the French Embassy in Damascus to facilitate the exchange of information to better track down terrorist groups.

    8. Exert maximum diplomatic pressure on Turkey to force President Erdogan to break all ties with Daesh.

    9. Terrorists are our enemies who must be eliminated. However, it is useless, often dangerous and even criminal, to wage regular wars against countries terrorists hide in. This is a US strategy aimed at destroying terrorists’ homes and killing many innocent people.

    10. France needs to immediately distance itself from the US and NATO with their militarism and war-mongering.

    11. Finally, we should keep in mind that Muslims are not our enemies as they are often the first victims of the abhorring terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Damascus, Tripoli, Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Libya.

    On Thursday night, a truck rammed into a large crowd that was celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. Eighty-four people were killed and dozens of others were injured.

    According to ID documents found inside the truck, the driver was a 31-year-old man of Tunisian origin who was a resident of Nice.

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