So, the incidents in Paris and Brussels were just the beginning. If this “army” is only 400, that means there could be 40 or more attacks in the works, similar to what happened in Brussels and Paris. So what city could be next? Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Zurich, or Copenhagen? The free passage borders of European countries, especially Germany’s open-door immigration policy, are allowing these terrorists to travel easily.
These terrorist soldiers were most likely trained in camps in Syria, Iraq and the Soviet bloc, a previous host to training camps, all of which are part of the jihadi network. The ringleader of the Paris attacks alluded to this terrorist army when he claimed he was not alone and that there were 90 multi-national fighters who entered Europe.
Since the Paris attacks, and now with Brussels, the pressure has been on for European officials to find the fugitives responsible. Last Friday, Salah Abdeslam was arrested as a suspect in the Paris attacks. But four days later, there was the attack on the capital airport and metro, where 31 people were found dead and 270 wounded.
The three suicide bombers were also amongst the dead. Immediately following the attack, Belgian authorities started a full on investigation to find the terrorists responsible. On security footage from scene, a man was seen with two of the suicide bombers. However, Belgian officials are still trying to determine his identity. He most likely has left the country, just like Abdeslam did after his involvement in the Paris attacks.
Abdeslam returned to his childhood neighborhood, Molenbeek and started a new network. “Not only did he drop out of sight, but he did so to organize another attack, with accomplices everywhere. With suicide belts. Two attacks organized just like in Paris. And his arrest, since they knew he was going to talk, it was a response: So what if he was arrested? ‘We’ll show you that it doesn’t change a thing,’” said Nathalie Goulet, French Senator and co-head of a commission tracking jihadi networks.
It has been estimated that the Islamic State has 400 to 600 terrorists ready to rage war. “The reality is that if we knew exactly how many there were, it wouldn’t be happening,” said Goulet.
“Special units have been set up. The training is longer. And the objective appears to no longer be killing as many people as possible but rather to have as many terror operations as possible, so the enemy is forced to spend more money or more in manpower. It’s more about the rhythm of terror operations now,” said a European security official, who spoke to The Blaze in anonymity. Not to mention, these fighters are being trained to operate on their own, without having to receive orders from the IS stronghold.