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Europol: Islamist terrorism has sharply declined

Europol: Islamist terrorism has sharply declined
By DPA
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Terrorist attacks in the European Union fell by a third between 2008 and 2009 the bloc's intelligence coordination agency, Europol, said Wednesday.

The total number of foiled, failed or successful attacks decreased from 441 to 294, with most of them being carried out by Basque separatists in France and Spain and Corsican separatists in France.

The number of people arrested in connection with Islamist terrorism declined sharply, falling to 110 compared to 187 in 2008 and 201 in 2007. Most took place in Spain (40) and France (37). Only one Islamist terrorist attack, in Italy, was successful in 2009.
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But despite the encouraging figures, which do not include Britain, Europol said EU member states "should not drop [their] guard."

"Terrorism remains a significant security threat to our society and citizens. Islamist terrorists remain active inside and outside the EU to mount indiscriminate attacks in public," the Hague-based agency's director, Rob Wainwright, said in a statement.

Europol mentioned the failed bomb attack last December on a plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit, carried out by a Nigerian national educated in Britain.

Islamist terrorism was "influenced by political developments in countries and areas outside the EU that include Iraq, Afghanistan, the Afghanistan/Pakistan border area, Somalia and Yemen," and countries with a military presence in Muslim countries "reported being at risk," the EU agency stressed.

On the basis of information received from Germany, Europol also said that Islamists were using propaganda to try to influence "the outcome of general elections in EU countries" and warned that EU nationals returning from conflict areas or terrorist training camps abroad "may pose a serious threat."

The single successful Islamist attack recorded last year in Europe took place in Milan in October, when a Libyan national trying to enter a military barracks set off an explosive device he was carrying.

He suffered severe burns, while inflicting slight wounds on one of the guards that tried to stop him.

Left-wing and anarchic terrorism also took place in 2009, but was
concentrated in Spain and Greece, with 23 and 15 attacks being
reported respectively. Hungary hosted all 4 right-wing incidents that
were reported.

There were also two cases of so-called "single issue terrorism," one each in Austria and France, attributed to animal rights extremists, while 10 other attacks of unspecified nature were recorded in the two countries


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Added: Apr-29-2010 
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  • lol why would the Muslim want to destroy what is now theirs.

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  • Lol, they cant even buy party favors now without drawing suspicion.
    Nice work Osama.

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    • In the UK they're fast becoming the lowest class of society. Imagine how many small English owned businesses wouldn't hire a Muslim on principle...

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  • what this means is theyve run out of pissed off muslims to patsie

    less dangerous than animal rights groups fascist nutters and pissed off highschool kids

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  • One day George Bush may get some credit for not being a pussy..

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    • Right on, Bush took it to the Muslim world, the American military neutralized the militant threat and in the process crack open a wealth of information that has painted a clearer picture of relationships and connections amongst our enemies.

      Game, Set but not Match, need another 10-12 years of heavy lifting...Solving Iran would go a long way to bringing some POE

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  • This is Great News. It means that the War in Iraq and Afghanistan have exterminated the population the Muslim terrorists and their sympathizers to the point where they are no longer capable of harming innocent people around the world. The only people suffering from Muslim terrorists are the Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

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  • Thanks to America kicking the shit out of the islamophile child molesters.

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  • you're welcome, again, by the way.

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  • The fact is, al qaeda is a busted flush.

    Little support from mainstream Muslims, and tactically defeated by the Security Forces

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    • you tend to describe radical islam as a very insignificant and marginal phenomena, while radical judaism on the other hand is a global threat, or at list the #1 threat to the entire middle east.

      the fact there were "only" 110 muslims arrested in europe last year compare to 200 a year before that doesnt change a bit the fact that radical islam exsist, just like it was 10 or 20 yrs ago.

      radical judaism is expressed mainly inside the settlers society in a small state called israel ( More..

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    • My post in this case actually had nothing to do with Israel.

      I hate the loathe the Jihadist movement more than extreme zionism, just to make it clear. Mainly because of their social ideas.

      But since you mention Israel. The problem is:
      1. Israel has elements of its extremism at the heart of its Govt, unlike most other places. Israel's elected Govt and past Govt's sponsors settlements and demolitions.
      2.Due to the radicalisation these actions inspire throughout the world, it is in some way the g More..

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