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The Head of the Snake: Terrorist Planning Cells are the True Danger

European authorities are, once again, warning about a possible new influx of terrorist operatives planning attacks on the Continent. Potential targets include law enforcement, transportation hubs and US fast food chains. The terrorists are making use of established human trafficking and refugee routes…similar to the MO we have been observing over the past couple of years. … [READ MORE]

Egypt Air: Potential Implications for Airport Security

Although the exact cause of Egypt Air flight MS804’s disappearance is unknown, western security officials are exploring the possibility of yet another terror attack against this airline company. While the investigation is still on-going, it will likely cause increased airport security procedures at US terminals – leading to even longer lines and missed flights for travelers. … [READ MORE]

European Allies Still Struggle With Intelligence Sharing

What is concerning is that 15 years after 9/11 and 11 years after 7/7, our European allies apparently still struggle with intelligence sharing. … [READ MORE]

Do We Really Know What A Hard Target Is?

For several years there have been discussions and analyses of a shift in terrorist targeting from hard to soft targets. The recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, as well as the 2008 attack in Mumbai, all included so-called soft targets. When we in the West talk of “soft” targets … [READ MORE]

New Arrests in Brussels Continue to Support Predictions of Much Larger Cell

As we predicted immediately following the Brussels attacks, the terror network involved in this operation was extensive. … [READ MORE]

The Brussels Attacks: Questions We Should All Be Asking

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, investigators will comb through the evidence seeking details on how these attacks were executed. As they do, there are several questions that must be answered, including the following: … [READ MORE]

ISIS’ Western Operatives: Rethinking Standard Security Approaches

The fact that almost 15 years after 9/11 and ten years after 7/7, terrorist groups are still able to “hide in plain sight” and run surveillance and intelligence collection operations against high profile targets in the West should be a wake-up call. … [READ MORE]

Brussels: Anatomy of an Attack

The arrests on Thursday of additional suspects in the Brussels terror attacks supports our assessment that this operation involved a much larger cell than the attack teams who targeted the airport and metro station. In sharp contrast to the attack in San Bernardino, where Syed Rizwan Farook targeted a location requiring little pre-attack preparation (his work place), the Brussels attacks continue to show a high degree of operational planning. … [READ MORE]

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