The capture of five people in Belgium, including Salah Abdeslam, a suspected architect of the November 13 attacks in Paris, is an important step in Europe’s fight against terrorism. But many questions still need to be answered, and the terror threat level remains high while authorities follow additional leads.
Here’s what we know so far: During a raid Tuesday at an apartment in the Forest district of Brussels, one suspected jihadist — Mohamed Belkaid, an Algerian national — shot it out with Belgian authorities, holding police officers at bay with an AK-47. A police sniper killed Belkaid, but not before two people escaped out the back and across nearby rooftops.… Seguir leyendo »
CNN Opinion asked a range of contributors for their take on last week’s attacks in Paris and how the war on ISIS must change if the U.S. and its allies want to defeat it. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors.
Fareed Zakaria: What does ISIS want?
The barbarism of the attacks in Paris mark a new low in terror. The attacks were not directed against national symbols or government targets, but designed simply to kill innocent men, women and children. The murderers did not even bother to issue demands.
French President Francois Hollande has called Friday’s attacks an act of war.… Seguir leyendo »
Al Qaeda in Iraq has officially merged with Syria’s jihadists. This should come as no surprise, as al Qaeda in Iraq has been a feeder for the Jabhat al Nusra militia and provided a staging ground for many of its attacks. But the official announcement this week by al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi of the newly formed al Qaeda in Iraq and Sham (a term for the Syrian region) highlights a critical point: Syria faces not one civil war, but two.
The current Syrian civil war, which has reached beyond 70,000 casualties and just completed its most violent month in March, is an anti-Assad struggle.… Seguir leyendo »