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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The echo of Istanbul: the German secret services are waiting for terrorist attacks on the Turkish model

At least 80 people were killed in the explosions of car bombs in Baghdad (Iraq), at least 28 people were killed in the hostage crisis at a cafe in Dhaka (Bangladesh) after just a few days after the terrorist attack at Istanbul airport. Responsibility for both the attack claimed by the so-called “Islamic state” (IG — banned in the Russian Federation terrorist group), while the Ministry of interior Bangladesh States about the actions of local militants (which, however, does not exclude their connection with the “counterparts” of the IG). Against this background, the German intelligence services, home to a vast Muslim community, said Germany could become the next target of terrorists.

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“We can’t say that the attacks are taking place in Turkey, will not be repeated in our country”, — quotes Reuters the President of the German Federal service for the protection of the Constitution Hans-Georg Maasen. According to him, Europe is for defeated in Iraq and Syria militants a priority. The intelligence services of Germany, Maassen said, we know of at least 17 terrorists who have entered the territory of the European Union on the instructions of the IG, they were all either destroyed or arrested.

According to some experts, in Germany, where a large Muslim community, many of its members are sympathetic to terrorists, but follow the principle not to organize attacks in the country. German land, therefore, has become a kind of reference point for recruitment and logistics.

However, according to the head of the Center for German studies Institute of Europe RAS Vladislav BELOV, this understanding is wrong. “Germany is certainly a target for terrorists, we see that there are regular reports of prevented it in Germany, terrorist attacks, — the expert said in an interview with “MK”. I hate to be the Oracle, but like France, Belgium, the country is under the gun. The main question in this case — as far as relevant agencies are able to work to prevent the attacks. German security officials have, figuratively speaking, to sail between Scylla and Charybdis — on the one hand, it is necessary to effectively prevent acts of terrorism, with another — in the German society very jealous of personal freedom, private life. The secret services also requires other measures, such as wiretapping, tracking, correspondence, potential terrorists, etc. In General, however, Germany has considerable experience of fight against terrorism, not just Islamist enough to recall the activity of “Fraction of red army”, — intelligence work (albeit not always successful), surveillance, etc.”

The terrorist attack at the airport of Istanbul. Chronicle of events

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