Daesh ‘special forces’ trained for large scale attacks
Western-backed Daesh Takfiri group has developed “special forces” trained to launch large-scale attacks on the global stage especially in the European Union, Europol says.
Daesh “has a willingness and a capability to carry out further attacks in Europe, and of course all national authorities are working to prevent that from happening,” said the EU police agency director, Rob Wainwright, at a press conference in Amsterdam on Monday.
He added that Daesh is preparing to launch more attacks, “in France in particular.”
On Sunday, Daesh released a propaganda video purportedly showing the last statements by nine of the Takfiri terrorists responsible for the November Paris attacks.
Citing findings of a new Europol report, Wainwright noted that fresh attacks will be mainly focused on “soft targets” due to the impact they generate.
According to the report, the Takfiri terrorists have also developed an “external action command” trained for international “special forces-style attacks.”
“Both the November Paris attacks and the October 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner suggest a shift in Daesh strategy towards going global,” it added.
On October 31, an Airbus A321, run by Russia’s Kogalymavia airline, crashed in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula after departure from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all the 224 people – mostly Russians – on board.
The November 13 attacks on a sports stadium, a series of cafes and a concert hall in Paris claimed the lives of 130 people and wounded about 370 others.
The Europol report also played down claims of terrorists entering Europe under the guise of refugees.
“There is no concrete evidence that terrorist travelers systematically use the flow of refugees to enter Europe unnoticed,” it said while warning that the new arrivals may be susceptible to Takfiri recruiters.