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Old 15th Jul 2017, 07:04   #1321 (permalink)
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Italy plots ‘nuclear option’ to send migrants north

Senior Italian government figures have threatened to allow 200,000 migrants who have reached its shores to travel across Europe by exploiting a little-known Brussels directive as the country struggles to cope with a huge rise in refugees fleeing north Africa. A minister and a senator are plotting to issue migrants with temporary EU visas in a move that has been described as a “nuclear option” for solving Italy’s refugee crisis.

Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, is livid that the rest of Europe has refused to take its fair share of migrants and that they have closed ports to rescue ships as the number of refugees attempting the treacherous crossing from Libya to the Continent has surged. Mario Giro, the deputy foreign minister, and Luigi Manconi, a senator with the ruling Democratic Party, told The Times that issuing migrants with temporary visas was under discussion. Mattia Toaldo, a senior analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said: “If migrants continue to arrive and Italy decides to give them papers to cross borders and leave Italy it would be a nuclear option. Italians have lost any hope of getting help from the EU and may say, ‘If you won’t make it a common challenge, we will.’ ”

Mr Giro and others from the Democratic Party believe that Italy can exploit European Council Directive 2001/55, which was drafted after the Balkans conflict to give temporary European entry permits to a large number of displaced people.....

Directive 55 was drawn up to offer EU states “exceptional” measures to offer “immediate temporary protection” in Europe to displaced people. While Mr Giro admitted that invoking it would require approval from EU members, and that opposition was likely, he said that officials were also discussing a second option last used when Silvio Berlusconi was prime minister, at the beginning of the Arab Spring. In 2011 Italy invoked Article 20 of its so-called Bossi-Fini law that allowed it to hand temporary “humanitarian” visas to thousands of Tunisians who sailed to Italy during the Arab Spring, allowing them to go straight to France......

President Macron of France has said that most of those who travel to Italy are economic migrants rather than refugees, and he will not allow them into France. Luigi Di Maio, the Five Star MP tipped to become Italy’s next prime minister, excoriated Mr Macron yesterday, blaming him for “the real refugee camp” now set up at Ventimiglia, which is packed with migrants removed from French streets. “If Marine Le Pen had done that, the whole of Europe would be screaming ‘Xenophobia’,” Mr Di Maio said.

Italy’s borders with France and Austria fall within the Schengen zone, but the scheme benefits only EU citizens, allowing police to turn back migrants from outside Europe. This year the biggest group of migrants arriving in Italy comprises Nigerians, followed by Bangladeshis. A temporary EU permit supplied by Italy would allow the migrants — most of whom want to travel to northern Europe — to do so.......
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 20:27   #1323 (permalink)
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Austria threatens to close border in migrant row with Italy

Austria has reacted angrily to Italian proposals to give travel documents to migrants now hosted in Italian reception centres, threatening to seal its borders if any try to enter the country. “Rescue in the Mediterranean cannot be a one way ticket to central Europe,” said Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian foreign minister, who called the proposal absurd. He warned that any attempt to give migrants travel documents would be met by a clampdown at the Brenner Pass, which links Italy and Austria......

During a visit to the Brenner Pass, Wolfgang Sobotka, the Austrian interior minister, said that the proposal to let migrants head north was unacceptable. On Tuesday he was quoted by Bild newspaper as saying that Vienna was ready to close the Brenner Pass within a day if migrant arrivals increased. Tensions are already high at the pass after Austria threatened this month to send armoured vehicles and 750 soldiers to stop migrants crossing. The threats from Vienna suggest that the Austrian government is taking a tough line on migrants to pre-empt anti-migrant sabre rattling by the country’s far-right Freedom Party before elections in October.

Mr Giro sought today to defuse the row, stating that Italy had “no intention of conducting unilateral moves” to push migrants over the border and said that Vienna should “tone things down”. Relations between Italy and Austria should not be wrecked by “pre-election arguments”, he said, describing the threat to close the border as surreal. Sandro Gozi, Italy’s Europe minister, also accused Austria of overreacting. “These new threats sound like déjà vu,” he said, referring to the armoured vehicle promises this month. “As the Austrians are aware, the situation on the border is under control,” he added.....

After the Austrian outburst, Angelino Alfano, the Italian foreign minister, said that the proposal to hand out permits again was “not on the agenda” for now.

As Italy desperately seeks ways to stop the surge of migrants from Libya, the EU has said it will forbid the export to Libya of dinghies that might be used by traffickers. The inflatable dinghies favoured by traffickers are assembled specifically for the purpose of transporting more than 100 people. The synthetic material used is often thinner than a bicycle inner tube and the dinghies are prone to deflating and folding in half in rough seas.

It in unclear how an EU export ban could stop the supply of dinghies, since traffickers are understood to order them online from China......
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Old 22nd Jul 2017, 12:48   #1325 (permalink)
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Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade


Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East. The global crime fighting agency’s list was drawn up by US intelligence from information captured during the assault on Isis territories in Syria and Iraq.

European counter-terror networks are concerned that as the Isis “caliphate” collapses, there is an increasing risk of determined suicide bombers seeking to come to Europe, probably operating alone.

There is no evidence that any of the people on the list, whose names the Guardian has obtained, have yet entered Europe, but the Interpol circulation, designed to see if EU intelligence sources have any details on the individuals, underlines the scale of the challenge facing Europe. The list, sent out by the general secretariat of Interpol on 27 May, defines the group of fighters as individuals that “may have been trained to build and position improvised explosive devices in order to cause serious deaths and injuries. It is believed that they can travel internationally, to participate in terrorist activities.”

The data was originally collected by the US intelligence “through trusted channels”. The material was handed over to the FBI, which transmitted the list to Interpol for global sharing. A note appended to the Interpol list circulated in Italy explains how the terrorist database was constructed, putting together the pieces of the puzzle from hundreds of elements, mainly gathered when Isis local headquarters were captured. “The people,” the note says, “have been identified through materials found in the hiding places of Isil, the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant.” The note adds that “it emerges that those subjects may have manifested willingness to commit a suicidal attack or martyrdom to support Islam”.

The list shows the suspects’ names, the date Isis recruited them, their last likely address including the mosque at which they have been praying while away fighting, their mother’s name and any photographs. For each of the fighters, an ID was created to ensure that each member country in the Interpol network could integrate the data with local databases.

Interpol has asked its national partners for any information they might have about each name on the list, and any other background personal data they have on their files, such as border crossings, previous criminal offences, biometric data, passport numbers, activity on social media and travel history.......
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Old 23rd Jul 2017, 07:02   #1327 (permalink)
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Interesting different responses between France and Germany.....

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‘Caliphate children’ test mercy of Emmanuel Macron

The fate of four young children, found in the ruins of Mosul, is set to pose a harsh test for Emmanuel Macron as the new French president strives to prove that he is tough on security. Their parents are a French couple from the Paris suburbs who went to live under the Isis “caliphate”. Their father, known only as “A”, vanished in the fighting for Mosul. Their mother, “M”, 27, hid with the children in a basement until Iraqi anti-terrorism forces heard their weak cries and pulled them out.

“It’s a completely unprecedented situation for France,” said William Bourdon, a Paris lawyer who is handling the case.

The children — two girls aged three and eight, and boys of five and about five months — are with their mother in custody in Baghdad. Their relations in France have appealed to Macron to rescue them. “M” has claimed her husband was just “a tourist” who wished to live under Islam, not a terrorist. So far these pleas have been met by silence. There is a bleak, undeclared consensus in the Elysée Palace, the military and the security services: French citizens who went to join Isis are not coming back.

After more than 230 deaths at the hands of terrorists since 2015, France is in no mood to be soft. Macron’s Socialist predecessor, François Hollande, authorised anti-terrorist drone strikes, air raids and assassinations by a unit attached to the DGSE, France’s version of MI6. “They are killing French jihadists in large numbers. They have special forces on the ground targeting individuals and they’ve made it pretty clear to fellow services that they have no interest in seeing these people come home alive,” said a western intelligence official.......

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German girl, 16, had baby at her side in Isis fortress

A 16-year-old German girl found in the ruins of Mosul after the battle with Isis had a baby with her.

The girl, named in the media as Linda Wenzel, surrendered to Iraqi forces last weekend. The malnourished boy was taken to an army clinic for medical attention before both were transferred to Baghdad, according to sources in the Iraqi special operations forces (Isof). “I don’t know for sure that it is her baby, but she keeps him with her always,” an Isof soldier who met the girl on the night of her arrest told The Sunday Times. He added that she was producing breast milk, an indication the child was hers, although she fled her home in Germany little more than a year ago.

The soldier described the teenager as unrepentant and uncooperative. “I don’t think she regretted joining Isis because she looked angry and she refused any help that we provide,” he said......... Evidence suggested that she had been shooting at Iraqi forces. Three Iraqi mothers, who claimed to be ordinary civilians and were sheltering with Wenzel, told Isof soldiers she had been manning a weapon from their hideout. Soldiers noted that sniper fire in that area stopped after her arrest..........

She carried an Iraqi ID card belonging to a missing Yazidi girl of a similar age, and refused to give her name to Iraqi forces. Her identification was subsequently helped by media reports and images, as well as her languages — described as mother-tongue German, good English and broken Arabic spoken with a strong German accent.

Wenzel is being held in an Iraqi prison facility, where she is expected to remain until investigations have been completed. It is expected that she will then be repatriated. The German embassy in Baghdad is understood to be liaising with Iraqi officials concerning a number of women arrested in Mosul.........
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There were plenty of other places to choose for that goal.
Tourists, by definition, don't settle down in the place they are visiting with an AK47 slung over their shoulder.
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“M” has claimed her husband was just “a tourist” who wished to live under Islam....
She won't want to be coming back to France then........
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Now this is scary.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/26/eu-court-rejects-open-door-policy-upholds-right-member-states/

Well who saw this coming?
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Old 29th Jul 2017, 06:52   #1334 (permalink)
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Robbery, right. Cover up or PC think, or both perhaps.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...market-barmbek

One person has been stabbed to death in a Hamburg supermarket and six people have been injured after being attacked by a man wielding a knife. German police said the suspected attacker fled the shop in the Barmbek district of the north German city and headed towards a metro station, but was followed by witnesses who tackled him to the ground. The man was then arrested by plainclothes police officers. He was slightly injured.

The suspect was a 26-year-old born in the United Arab Emirates, police said, though they were still working to establish his nationality. Hamburg’s mayor said the man had apparently sought shelter in Germany and that authorities had been unable to deport him because he had no papers. The person who was killed was described by police as a customer of the shop and believed to be a 50-year-old German man. One of the six victims injured in the attack is in a serious condition.

Timo Zill, a spokesman for Hamburg police, said: “What we know at this stage is that the person was male, that he was armed with a knife, and entered the supermarket, and sought out his victims and started stabbing them randomly. He’s injured but not seriously.” Zill said he had no information as to the man’s motive. “First reports about a possible robbery cannot be confirmed so far,” he said. Police said they were confident he had been acting alone. One witness described his weapon as a kitchen knife.

Two witnesses to the attack said the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” but police said they were unable to confirm the reports. They declined to say whether the attack was being treated as a terrorist incident. Bild newspaper reported late on Friday that armed police forces had searched the migrant housing centre where the attacker had lived.

A police spokeswoman said the motive for the attack was still under investigation. She said she had no information that the attacker was known to authorities as an Islamist, as reported by the newspaper Tagesspiegel........
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According to the Mayor of London this is just part of living in a large city.
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Surely it would be to everyone's benefit to assist them in what they are seeking, but to do so on their own, far away from anyone else so that no-one else gets hurt?

That has to count as a mental illness.
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And again in Germany today. The Iraqi Kurd wasn't radicalised according to the reports. Of course he wasn't! Probably just having a bit of fun.
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And again in Germany today. The Iraqi Kurd wasn't radicalised according to the reports. Of course he wasn't! Probably just having a bit of fun.
Unanswered: where the did he get an M16 from?
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Unanswered: where the did he get an M16 from?
You'd be surprised how easy is to order one online if you look in the right place
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