New-styled Daesh seeks to target Europe

New-styled Daesh seeks to target Europe
Updated 25 January 2016

New-styled Daesh seeks to target Europe

New-styled Daesh seeks to target Europe

AMSTERDAM: Self-styled Daesh has developed a new style of combat to target Europe in particular, the director of the EU’s law enforcement agency said on Monday.
The assessment was based on discussions concluded eight weeks ago by security agencies from EU states. The 8-page public report said further attacks could even take place quite soon.
The events in Paris “appear to indicate a shift toward a broader strategy of Daesh going global, of them specifically attacking France, but also the possibility of attacks against other member states of the EU in the near future,” it said.
There was “every reason to expect” an attack, by “Daesh-inspired terrorists or another religiously inspired terrorist group.” “This is in addition to the threat of lone actor attacks, which has not diminished,” it said.
At a news conference to mark the launch of a new European Counter Terrorism Center within Europol, based in The Hague, its director Rob Wainwright said Daesh “has the willingness and capability to carry out further attacks in Europe.”
Since immediately after the Paris attacks on Nov. 13, in which Daesh gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people, Wainwright, a senior British police officer, has said further similar attacks are likely in Europe and that “lone wolf” militants are no longer the prime threat.
The Europol report said Daesh may have established an “external action command trained for special forces-style attacks in the international environment” and noted that, as the Paris attacks showed, the group was largely active in Europe through radicalized European citizens, not foreigners.