Belliraj suspected of more terror attacks

A delegation of American CIA and FBI agents were in Morocco to examine the terrorist network of Belgian-Moroccan terrorist and informant Abdelkader Belliraj. US interest in Belliraj is based on a connection between him and al-Qaeda and Hezbollah. Meanwhile, the Belgian police delegation has returned from Morocco and convinced of Belliraj’s significance in the network, and may be responsible for more incidents of terrorism than initially presumed. Alain Winans, the head of the Belgian Intelligence Service, which has received criticism in its handling of terrorism cases, denied that he should have made it known that Belliraj was an informant. The Belgian parliament will soon decide whether or not the intelligence service will gain additional power to help improve the agency’s reputation.

Dutch intelligence service checking Muslim funding, minister says

The Dutch intelligence and information service AIVD frequently checks the destination of funding provided to Muslim organisations, it emerged in a parliamentary debate late Thursday. Interior Minister Guusje Ter Hors said the government wanted to ensure the Dutch government did not support any organisation involved in fundamentalist or terrorist activities. She was speaking during a debate about an AIVD report on the increasing number of non-violent radical Muslims in the Netherlands…

Dutch intelligence agency says terror threat is receding but radicalization continues

The threat of terror attacks is receding in the Netherlands thanks to tough new laws and the prosecution of key Islamic extremists, the head of the country’s national intelligence service said Friday. “The concrete threat of homegrown jihadist networks appears to have receded,” said Sybrand van Hulst, head of the Dutch Intelligence and Security Service, as he presented the group’s annual report. “Nevertheless, it is still conceivable that there could be terrorist attacks in the Netherlands,” he said. Van Hulst warned that radicalization of young Muslims was continuing, fueled by events such as the Iraq war and the crisis caused by Danish cartoons that many Muslims believe insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Van Hulst said that a trend was developing for radical Muslims to preach ultraorthodox Islam to mainly young second- or third-generation immigrant men (…)