Belgium: problems with so called Syria fighters


Atomium threatened by Syria fighters?

11/12/2013 – Colin Clapson

A video has surfaced on the internet that airs threats of bloody attacks against targets in Belgium. The video was posted on Brian De Mulder’s YouTube account. Brian is a young man from Antwerp who has gone to Syria to take part in the armed uprising against the Assad regime.

At this point, it’s still unclear whether the fighter posted the video himself. He is said to be in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria, where the rebels have clashed with government troops.

One of the sites named as a potential target for a murderous outrage is the Atomium, a Brussels landmark.

The text reads: “Bombs are falling. Atomium, I hear a bang. Body parts everywhere!”

The video includes threats against the Belgian Defence Minister Pieter De Crem and the right wing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders: “De Crem, Wilders, the traitors are falling, watch out for cars loaded with explosives.”

The video has meanwhile been removed from the video sharing website, but you can still see part of it in the Dutch language report below aired on VRT television.

The anti-terrorism unit operated by Belgian police is taking the threat seriously. Intelligence experts are currently examinig the message.


About kruitvat

I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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2 Responses to Belgium: problems with so called Syria fighters

  1. kruitvat says:

    Belgium the First European Country Threatened by Terrorists it Sponsored in Syria

    October 31, 2013

    The Belgian king, his family and a number of politicians received death threats from terrorists linked to the ones killing Syrians. The threats also targeted the ‘democratic’ system of ‘sponsoring terrorists’ in Belgium against taking any counter measures.
    Belgium, a member of the NATO alliance and a member of the EU which sponsored the terror in Syria against the sovereign state led by Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, has introduced legislation a couple of month ago to deprive members of terrorist groups fighting alongside the Obama death squads in Syria from the welfare benefits back home. The move stripping the families of the terrorists as well from those benefits.

    In a retaliation to the aforementioned move by the authorities in the cities of Antwerp and Vilvoorde which took such measures, the officials in these two cities, the king himself and the his family received death threats by ‘bomb attacks and killings’ as reported by some media sources quoting local authorities on the matter. The attacks coming through emails and said to be issued by Islamist groups as they were containing the words ‘Allah’ and ‘Sharia Law’ in them.
    Belgian authorities have previously requested Turkey, their NATO buddy, to keep an eye on Belgian Jihadists smuggled into Syria by the fanatic Muslim Brotherhood junta ruling Turkey and led by the caliph wannabe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
    One thing seems to be missing from the minds of the Belgian officials whom once were very supportive of the ‘democracy’ brought by the Wahhabi Cannibal Sex Jihadists into Syria, and that is called Karma. You don’t raise a beast, unleash it against others and not expect it to come back at you.
    On this occasion we should however salute the Belgian MP Laurent Louis who tried hard explaining the real situation in Syria to the dumb government in his country in vain, but never stopped. (You may need to watch the following video on YouTube and turn CC on for English subtitles)
    Laurent Louis, member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, questions Belgian government for financing the terrorist FSA organization which recruits children and fighting to replace a legitimate state with a western puppet regime.

  2. kruitvat says:

    December 3, 2013 – Sharp rise in Europeans fighting in Syria:

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A new wave of Europeans is heading to Syria, their ranks soaring in the past six months as tales of easy living and glorious martyrdom draw them to the rebellion against Bashar Assad.

    The western Europe-based rebels, mostly young men, are being recruited by new networks that arrange travel and comfortable lodging in the heart of rebel territory, and foster a militant form of Islam that Western security officials fear will add to the terror threat when the fighters return home.

    The 11 western European countries with the biggest contingents in Syria are estimated to have some 1,200-1,700 people among rebel forces, according to government and analyst figures compiled by The Associated Press. That compares to estimates of 600-800 from those countries in late spring.

    The surge has occurred particularly in France, Germany, Belgium and Sweden. It reflects the increasing ease of travel to Syria’s front lines and enthusiastic sales pitches by the first wave of European volunteers.

    A 21-year-old Dane became interested in Syria during a prison term in Denmark for assault and robbery, mainly through online rebel videos. He made two trips into Syria that totaled a little more than one month. He drove trucks carrying relief supplies and transported people, he said, but never fought. Nevertheless, he posted photographs online of himself with heavy weapons.

    “It is my duty to travel down there. This is a Muslim cause,” said the young man, a Muslim convert who did not want to be identified for fear of pursuit by authorities.

    On his third trip this year, he said, he was stopped at passport control in Istanbul and sent back to Denmark. No reason was given, but he believes his time with the opposition put him on the intelligence community’s radar. He described being questioned multiple times by Danish intelligence agents, including at the Copenhagen airport after returning from Syria for the first time.

    “Right now, I cannot go to Syria,” he said. “I wanted to help with humanitarian work and fight.”

    Recruitment drives targeting people like the Dane are growing in intensity. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, one of two main al-Qaida linked groups fighting in Syria, is producing a video featuring a battalion of British fighters “who will be talking to other British Muslims to try and motivate, inspire and recruit them,” said Shiraz Maher, a researcher at the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization. In France, authorities in recent weeks say they have dismantled two networks of former fighters who have returned from Syria to recruit.

    Governments have reported no examples of ex-fighters from Syria creating trouble on their return. But France remains haunted by the case of Mohammed Merah, a French youth of Algerian descent who trained in Pakistan and returned to southern France to attack a Jewish school and kill seven people in 2012. The French government has since outlawed training in terrorism camps abroad.

    The United States has also sounded the alarm about young Americans headed to Syria. But distance and expense have kept the numbers from the U.S. far lower: about 20 American citizens, according to the ICSR.

    For the Syrian rebels, attracting fresh bodies for the fight has become a matter of urgency as Assad makes gains in the civil war with the help of Iran and Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

    And despite their lack of battlefield experience, Europeans are also a powerful propaganda tool for a rebel force that is trying to show that its appeal goes wider and deeper than the Middle East. The Europeans have the added potential of being able to raise money in places far wealthier than Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechnya, where many of the other foreign rebels have their roots and fighting background.

    Many, if not most, are from second-generation immigrant families from outside Europe with parents who describe themselves as secular and fully integrated. Others — like the Dane — are converts with no prior ties to Islam.

    France has counted between 300 and 400 European rebel fighters in Syria; Germany has counted more than 220; Belgium puts its number at 150-200, according to the International Center for the Study of Radicalization, citing recent figures that double previous estimates. Sweden is about to double its estimates to 150-200, according Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism specialist with the Swedish National Defense College. Britain’s total has stayed stable at less than 150, according to recent estimates from U.K. security officials. The Netherlands estimate, which officials said is rising rapidly, is 100-200, according to government and analyst figures. Denmark’s intelligence service estimates “at least 80” fighters from there — with similar numbers from Spain, Austria and Italy. Norway believes about 40 of its citizens have left for Syria in the past year.

    “More Europeans have gone to Syria than have gone to all the other conflict zones put together,” including Iraq and Afghanistan, said Thomas Hegghammer, an analyst at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment. “It’s hard to overstate the importance of this for the future of Islamic radicalism in Europe. They’re radicalizing and training a whole new generation of militants.”

    Ranstorp agreed: “In the last two months, there has been an acceleration in the number of people going to Syria.”

    The first Europeans to leave for Syria tended to do so haphazardly — catching a flight to Turkey, hopping a bus and hoping for the best. That’s how the 21-year-old Danish man first went, meandering into a refugee camp and stumbling upon people who told him where to go. Those men are returning home or contacting friends and acquaintances by Skype, Facebook, text message, YouTube, or word of mouth to encourage them to follow. They provide the travel arrangements, and say the life of a fighter in Syria is one of comfort punctuated by the adventure of war.

    “I talk to fathers and mothers of young people who have left my city. It’s all well-organized. The air tickets are paid for,” said Hans Bonte, mayor of Vilvoorde, a city of 41,000 in Flemish-speaking Belgium that has seen at least 22 young people leave for Syria, including the most recent group in early November. Bonte, who is chief of security for his town as well as a federal lawmaker, speaks at length to each family and is in constant touch with both them and Belgium’s intelligence services.

    Bonte said Belgians who are leaving are younger now — teenagers instead of men in their late 20s, and adolescent girls are beginning to appear among the lists of the missing. “It’s a process of following others (who) are trying to convince people to go over there. They are telling stories that it’s fun over there … they are living in a villa with a pool.”

    One Vilvoorde mother, whose older son had already left for Syria, was sleeping on her front steps to keep her 15-year-old from slipping out to follow his brother, Bonte said. One night this fall, the boy pushed his mother aside — threatening to kill her if she stopped him from joining the fight in Syria — and stepped into a waiting car. She has heard from neither son since.

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the Assad government is discussing the issue with Western officials “and there is cooperation,” although he did not name any countries.

    And authorities have encountered teens trying to board airplanes, including some carrying large amounts of cash for the rebellion, said Martin Bernsen, a spokesman for the police security services. “Of course it is difficult to prove where the money goes,” Bernsen said, “so we are worried that it goes to terror-related activities.”

    Hegghammer said Syria has worrisome parallels with Afghanistan of the 1980s, where a young Osama bin Laden was among thousands of Muslims to wage battle against Soviet forces. “The gross number of departures is so high that almost whatever the return rate is, you’re going to have substantial numbers of terrorists,” he said.

    Recent comments from Andrew Parker, director general of British intelligence agency MI5, underscore those concerns.

    “A growing proportion of our casework now has some link to Syria, mostly concerning individuals from the UK who have traveled to fight there or who aspire to do so,” Parker said in a recent speech.

    Maher, who is in regular contact with a contingent of Britons in Syria, said their cheery photos of fighters living bachelor-pad style in comfortable houses, with all the food they can eat and all the weaponry they could hope for, will continue draw ever larger numbers.

    “They send pictures of sweets — of candy — and of pop. You can get all this out there. It’s not a life full of privation,” Maher said. “You get this comfortable life in Syria with the option, the possibility to die a martyr.”


    Hinnant reported from Paris. Mark Lewis in Oslo, Norway; Paisley Dodds in London; and Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Lebanon contributed.

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