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Belgium on high alert, troops on street patrols

By RÛDAW 17/1/2015
Belgian paramilitary commandos on patrol near a synagogue in the city of Antwerp on Saturday. AP photo.
Belgian paramilitary commandos on patrol near a synagogue in the city of Antwerp on Saturday. AP photo.

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Belgium began deploying hundreds of soldiers on street patrols Saturday, after security forces smashed a suspected Islamist network planning to kill police officers, the country’s prime minister said.

Up to 300 troops are being deployed in the capital Brussels and the city of Antwerp, which has a large orthodox Jewish population, said a statement from the office of Prime Minister Charles Michel.

“The mobilized troops will be armed and their primary responsibility will be to survey certain sites,” reinforcing the police, the statement said, according to Belgian media.

The measures come after raids in Belgium this week on suspected Islamists, including one in the city of Verviers on Thursday that left two suspects dead in a shootout.

European security forces have been on high alert following last week’s deadly attacks on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris, which claimed 17 lives along with those of the three attackers. 

More than 20 people have been arrested in Belgium, France and Germany.

Several European leaders have warned about the threat of Islamist citizens returning to their countries from jihads in Iraq and Syria with combat and bomb-making skills.

The raids in Belgium came less than a year after four people were shot dead in an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. A French citizen who fought in Syria has been charged with the killings.

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Kurdish God | 17/1/2015
Christian nations have a dark and bloody history with TOTAL intolerance to freedom of speech or religion where ever they colonized. Those that refused to convert were sold as slaves or butchered. Their children forbidden to even speak their own language let alone worship their idea of god. Clearly it is hilarious to me that witch burning Christians are claiming the higher moral ground while the whole world can see their intolerances here now and throughout history. Hypocrisy is not freedom of speech, it is an insult. Oh and never forget the recent colonization of Middle East by English, French, Spanish and American empires. By the way please go to YouTube and check out this French comedian guy Dieudonné to see what happened to him when he started to criticize Kosher community in France. I just went to grocery store and bought a whole Halal chicken, not because I am Muslim but because I couldn’t believe it was so cheap:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1yvj6QvEi8
Kurdish God | 17/1/2015
The owners of the MSM (Main Stream Media) also owns the weapons industry, their media units promote wars while their weapons manufacturing units produces and sells the weapons to make profit to run the media. Just understand that then you know what is going on in this world. Believe me this planet is a heaven but without humans :)
Before It Is Too Late | 18/1/2015
These terrorists have been radicalized in Europe and been trained in the Middle East by Arab fanatics with the support of Turkey,a NATO Muslim memember state.Violence and conquest are enshrined in the Quran, and Islam has been instrumental in the Arab occupation of the Iberian peninsula from 711 a.C. uptill 1492 ,and the Turkish expansionism through Europe ever since the year 1453 a.C.till nowadays.Terror comes from the Middle Easat,why not going there to fight them ?.Why should the Kurds be left alone in this war against the I.S.?.The West must put boots on the ground before it is too late.
Never Safe Without Boots On The Ground | 18/1/2015
The Islamist State is soaring and it wants to occupy Europe .Europe must go to the Middle East to fight the IS where it is upbilding.Europe will never be safe without boots on the ground.
Kurdish Patriot | 18/1/2015
One wonders since the world is on high alert and only air strikes are being used on ISIS and not enough is being done to arm, train and support for the oppositions of ISIS who are clearly being used to fight their war dirty war on terrorism which is reaching their territorial ground also? What is the world waiting for? Are they on the same side or are they just too much of a coward to send in their own ground troops also? These large scale network form of radicalised terrorism around the world that has been rapidly growing is ridiculous one is curious as to why nothing has been done to prevent such a spread since there are American bases position around the world also? Or are they on the same side since Obama had closed down and freed the detainees in Guantanamo after a deal was struck Saudi Arabia perhaps? And then all this chaos started to take place in Syria and Iraq.....hmmm All these political games have gone toooooo far!!!! Why not just do what you did in back in Hiroshima with the rest of the countries that you want to take as you own and get this all over with? We are sick and tired of all these media shows of how evil and radicalised ISLAM really is whilst at same time siding with the same evil leaders? So is this not conspiracy or real truth?
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