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“France was already in a state of emergency. Soldiers and police are already patrolling all over the place all the time. You feel like you’re in Beirut in the 1970s,” said Olivier Guitta, managing director at GlobalStrat security consulting firm
This poses an enormous challenge for police and intelligence services: French security expert Olivier Guitta has estimated that in France intelligence agencies have to keep tabs on 100 times as many people as a decade ago.
"There was a reaction after November [attacks]—most were willing to give up privacy and freedom in order for state to make them more secure," Guitta said. "For eight months, people started to feel much safer, and that may be the downfall that happened yesterday. The feeling of fake security."
“Nightclubs have been considered as easy soft targets for jihadists for a while,” says Olivier Guitta, managing director at GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical risk consulting firm. He points out that in February, some IS followers were arrested in France for planning terror attacks on nightclubs.
The managing director of international security firm GlobalStrat said the fanzones are a lot more difficult to secure than stadiums and added that he was fearful of attacks on the thousands of supporters that will be watching the games there.
September 11 clearly revealed the existence of transnational terrorism with worldwide terror networks. Western nations were left with no choice but to closely cooperate in terms of intelligence, know-how and even, sometimes, procedures.
AQIM has regained credibility in the jihadist world with these three attacks in the past four months targeting France and its African allies. It also sends a message to the world that Sunni jihadists do not belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), but that Al-Qaeda is alive and kicking.
Olivier Guitta, managing director of international security and risk firm GlobalStrat, said the leak was a boost to security services and indicated unhappiness within the group. "This leak shows that there are dissenting voices within the ranks of IS," he told AFP.
Cette fuite de documents «montre qu'il existe des voix dissidentes dans les rangs de l'EI», a dit à l'Agence France-Presse Olivier Guitta, directeur général du cabinet de conseil GlobalStrat. «Comme dans toute organisation d'envergure, il y aura des luttes de pouvoir et on pourrait voir à l'avenir une possible implosion de l'EI en différentes factions», a-t-il ajouté.
In the course of a few days, the United States and France reportedly conducted military operations in Libya against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL. That is not new: Both countries have allegedly been involved in special forces operations in the North African country for the past two years.
Eerder deze week werd bij de Sudanese grens de eerste Belgische Libië-strijder opgepakt. IS'ers trekken van Irak en Syrië naar het stuurloze land, mensen-smokkelaars zullen volgen. Is het hek van de dam?
En outre, le cabinet de conseil spécialisé dans le risque géopolitique GlobalStrat indique qu'il sera plus profitable pour une personne radicalisée originaire du Maroc ou d'Algérie et installée en Belgique ou aux Pays-Bas de se rendre en Libye.
La Libye inquiète depuis longtemps les experts en terrorisme internationaux. "La Libye constitue un danger bien plus grand pour les Européens que la Syrie et l'Irak", a ainsi expliqué Olivier Guitta, CEO de la société de consultance GlobalStrat lors d'une conférence de la European Corporate Security Association.