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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Apart from the press release, there was, of course, a speech. Because you can’t have a day of remembrance without hollow platitudes. Both the press release and the speech have one problem in common: they’re not actually about combating terrorism.
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  • Despite the fact that IS has threatened to kill her, and she survived the attack on Charlie Hebdo three years ago by a coincidence, the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) refused to provide security. What is even worse, it refused to give permission for El-Rhazoui’s French security detail to carry arms.
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  • As reported by BILD, Abd Alrahman stuck a knife in his sister’s chest and lacerated the corners of her mouth. BILD originally published a clip of the murder, recorded by the girl’s family, but has since pulled it from its website. Afterwards, both men fled, but could be apprehended on Wednesday at the Schweinfurt train station. Both are in custody, on a charge of attempted murder.
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  • “Now there is a bunch of politicians hammering us, without informing themselves of the situation. They should come over and help with the work on site – afterwards, they’ve earned the right to speak their minds. (…) When people think I’m a fool, that’s fine. But it is a scandal how our volunteers are slandered. (…) We won’t remove [the nazi-graffiti]. Everybody should be able to see, what sort of idiots there are on this earth.”
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  • “The review found that while a small number of extremist organisations received a significant proportion of their income from abroad, the majority did not, leading to the conclusion that ‘a comprehensive approach focused particularly on domestic sources of support for all forms of extremism is needed’.”
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  • It should be noted, however, not all Muslims dream about a Germany being part of a worldwide Caliphate, stretching ‘from Jakarta to Andalusia’. Yehezkeli also interviews an Arabic speaking contact, who out of fear wished to remain anonymous. The contact says he deals with the excesses of radical Islam in Germany, and works for various German media outlets. He warns, that the biggest danger for Germany does not consist of terrorist attacks. Rather, it is the Islamic concept called ‘Da’wa’.
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  • Experts predict, that as long as he does not deal with himself, he remains very dangerous indeed. That he is not inclined to such self-reflection at all, becomes clear even to laypersons attending the trial. When Marie’s mother testified to the court, Chalid lectured her:

    “The girl ought to have gone to school by bus.”

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  • Haiderat Salim, 20-year-old Mohammad Al Agawi, 18-year-old Alladin Al Arabi and Mansour Alzafiri (unknown age) are arrested on the spot. Apart from Salim, who has Swedish citizenship and is the only one who speaks fluent Swedish, all are asylum seekers coming from Northern African countries. The Migration Board has already ruled that both El Arabi and Alzafiri are to be expelled.
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  • Prison guard: “It used to be, that I was afraid every morning of finding a prisoner who had hanged himself in his cell. Nowadays, I’m afraid that someone cuts my throat, decapitates me, sticks a knife in my back – in the name of Islamic State. That’s a fear I carry with me every working day.”
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  • During trial, the suspect, an asylum seeker from Gambia living in Germany since 2014, kept silent. During the second day of trial only two witnesses, a magistrate and a police commissioner gave evidence. The last two reported on the interrogation of the suspect on the day he was apprehended. At the time, he claimed he couldn’t remember having raped any women. This led to cynical comments by the witnesses of him having had to have been very drunk indeed.
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  • However, during the trial, Abdeslam’s defense counsel, Sven Mary, sought the case’s dismissal over a technicality. Mary explained that the top counter-terror judge should have issued the document naming the judges in Dutch, not in French, because he serves in a Dutch-language court in Brussels. Therefore, Mary concluded, the “whole case” against both Abdeslam and Ayari “must be thrown out”.
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