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What has become of the French from ISIS who were exfiltrated from Syria?

What has become of the French from ISIS who were exfiltrated from Syria?

According to a report by the National Intelligence Council, submitted to President Macron, on the French ISIS fighters exfiltered from Syria, some 40 of them have joined jihadist groups in Libya. As a result of this geographical rapprochement, they are a major source of concern, as they could fuel plans for illegal returns to France.

 

From Kashmir to Libya: Pakistan’s hand in support of terrorism

From Kashmir to Libya: Pakistan’s hand in support of terrorism

A recent US Department of Defense report submitted to the United States Congress concludes that though the US and Taliban representatives signed an agreement on February 29 as a move to end the conflict in Afghanistan, a number of subsequent events has raised questions over whether the peace process would take place.

 

Macron calls for greater European commitment in the Sahel

Macron calls for greater European commitment in the Sahel

French President Emmanuel Macron recently wrote to the European Union member states to ask them for more financial commitments in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel.

 

In the secret of the new French intelligence strategy

In the secret of the new French intelligence strategy

Identifying the most crucial French intelligence issues and proposing a new way of operating and coordinating the efforts of the French intelligence community is at the heart of the national intelligence strategy developed this summer by the National Coordination for Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (in French: Coordination Nationale du Renseignement et de la Lutte contre le Terrorisme – CNRLT).

 

Counter-terrorism: facing the “enemy from within” (2/3)

The deadly attack on October 3 at the very heart of the intelligence directorate, at the Paris police prefecture, illustrated in the most dramatic way the phenomenon we mentioned in the first of this series of articles devoted to the new anti-terrorist challenges. Namely, this type of terrorist acts is no longer the work of commandos attacking France from the fiefdoms of ISIS in Iraqi-Syrian jihadist areas, but is the poisoned fruit of spontaneous “jihadist vocations”, generated at a distance, by recruiters of ISIS, among French “subjects” most often motivated by violent nihilistic impulses, more than by a real desire for a jihadist “holy war”.

 

Counter-terrorism: facing the “enemy from within” (1/3)

The fight against terrorism is a very particular kind of war. An asymmetric battle in which the intelligence services are engaged in a relentless battle against an enemy as radical as it is invisible. In other words, unlike the rules that determine the balance of power in conventional wars, when faced with the faceless adversary known as terrorism, striking power and military supremacy are not the most decisive elements.
As a result, counter-terrorism is first and foremost an intelligence war. By definition, this is a constant struggle requiring dangerous and perpetual clandestine operations of investigation, surveillance, tracking, infiltration or sabotage.

 

French jihadist cell in Libya worries European services

French jihadist cell in Libya worries European services

Confidential exchanges between several European intelligence services state plans for attacks in the Mediterranean Sea and kamikaze operations targeting the Italian, French and Spanish coasts.

 

Europol: worrying stockpiles of explosives in Daesh

Europol: worrying stockpiles of explosives in Daesh

In a recent confidential note, Europol expressed concern about Daesh’s logistics networks, identified several months ago, which are involved in major movements of trafficking and storage of explosives in several Central European countries and the Balkans.

 

Where is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic leader of Daesh?

Where is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the enigmatic leader of Daesh?

The Daesh leader who has not appeared in public since 2014 has just published a long propaganda video message.