Belgium Warns Of "Imminent" Terror Threat In Brussels: "Avoid Crowded Areas"

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Following the massacre that unfolded last Friday in Paris, Belgium has become a focal point for European authorities' anti-terror efforts. 

As we detailed in "Meet The 27-Year Old "Mastermind" Behind The Paris Attacks", Abdelhamid Abaaoud began to figure prominently in discussions among Western intelligence officials after two of his operatives were killed in a January raid in Verviers.

Abaaoud was born in Belgium, and partly due to the "fame" he achieved by orchestrating the ISIS operation in Paris, the entire world is now suddenly awake to the role Brussels plays in serving as a kind of terrorist incubator.

Specifically, all eyes are on Molenbeek, a working class, immigrant neighborhood which Foreign Policy notes is separated from the historical district by a "breezy canal" and is but a 20 minute subway "hop" from Brussels' European Quarter. 

As The New York Times recounted earlier this week, "the assassination of the Afghan anti-Taliban commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, immediately before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001; the train bombings in Madrid in 2004; and the killing of four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in 2014; the foiled shooting on a high-speed train, the anti-terrorist raid in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers, the attack on a Paris kosher supermarket and, finally, the Nov. 13 attacks on the French capital — all had some connection to Molenbeek."

In short, Molenbeek is to European terrorists what Charlestown is to bank robbers, although residents are understandably distressed about that rather unflattering characterization. 

In any event, Belgium is now on high alert - literally. As AFP reports, Belgium has raised its terror alert level to the highest level for Brussels on Saturday. An attack, officials say, could be "imminent":

"Following our latest evaluation... the centre has raised its terror alert to level 4, signifying a very serious threat, for the Brussels region," said a statement from OCAM, which comes a week after the Paris attacks left 130 dead.

 

"The analysis shows a serious and imminent threat requiring specific security measures as well as detailed recommendations to the population," OCAM, which is part of the Belgian Interior Ministry, said in the statement.

Here's the whole statement (Google translated):

Following a new assessment of the OCAM performed this Friday, 20/11 at night, the terror alert level rose to a level 4, very serious, for the Brussels Region. Level 3 continue to apply to the rest of the country.

 

The analysis shows indeed a serious and imminent threat that requires taking specific security measures as well as specific recommendations for the population.

 

Advice to the population:

 

Avoid places with high concentrations of people in the Brussels region (concerts, major events, train stations and airports, public transport, places of high commercial concentration).

 

Facilitate follow the safety controls


Do not post rumors: follow the official information from the authorities and police services


In order to enable judicial inquiries to track their progress, no further details will be given. A communication from the Government will follow tomorrow morning.

Yes, "no further details will be given." Until a raid turns up a couple of Syrian passports that is.

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booboo's picture

TIme to warm up the belguim air force whos motto is  "pigeons don't take no shit, they give it"

TruxtonSpangler's picture

BE AFRAID SHITIZEN!

Shelter in place

Majestic12's picture

"Imminent" Terror Threat In Brussels"

Lagard and Draghi "bitch fight"!!!

Yeah bring it on!

Each opponent gets one Femmen amazon "kicker" for back-up!

Welfare Tycoon's picture

If Belgium ever does get bombed, it will most likely only be in a highy concentrated civilian populated area, judging from previous attacks. 

This is what makes terrorists fucking retards. If they actually wanted to do any serious damage, they should be bombing the political institutions in Brussels, since these places are the heart of the entire EU. 

Not to mention it will take ages to win any war by only killing a couple hundred or even thousand civilians at a time. If you really want to make things quick, you have to take out the real Decision Makers and Heads of State. They are the ones who are the terrorists biggest enemy.

Oh wait......

 

 

CheapBastard's picture

Seems like their "vetting" has run into a snag.

palmereldritch's picture

To be clear here, they're not talking about NATO...?

Paveway IV's picture

Russia is planning a big 'moderate rebel' roast in Syria this weekend. They asked Lebanese commercial air traffic to avoid flying off the coast over the Mediterranean until Monday.

That means the covert ZATO forces running around with the jihadis are about to get smoked. The message can't be any clearer to the West (which they will ignore) so expect a lot of crying Monday morning about the Russian strikes hitting orphanages, old-age homes, hospitals, etc. 

J S Bach's picture

Everyone in Belgium pile into the marijuana-selling coffee houses.  At least you'll die laughing.

CuttingEdge's picture

Not sure what all this high alert bullshit is about - may as well save the manpower until Thursday night.

This shit always goes down on Fridays after prayers - might be something they put in the bar drinks at the local mosque. Or possibly they spray them all with a special nerve agent like WRINJA* while they are bowed down on their prayer mats looking at their athletes' foot en masse...

 

But if you are not a conspiracy theorist, maybe the most plausible explanation is that whoever is pulling their strings is stuck in a groove - a bit like an old shabby soap with a repeat formula which gets a bit tired. Michael Crichton's novel State of Fear nails it. Governments keep the masses onside by and under control by scaring the living bejesus out of them. Repeatedly. Hollande telling his brethren to prepare for a chem attack yesterday being a prime example. If it ain't Ebola (where did that disappear to so magically?), its man-made global warming, and every so often they drag the nutters, or an inexplicabley missing airliner out on set to keep the plebs enthralled. Only this Taco Tuesday lark on Fridays is getting a bit stale so can whoever is repeatedly rewriting the same script please show a bit of imagination? (A bit more than myself using "repeat" three bloody times)

 

*WRINJA: Weaponised Raghead Islamic Nut Job Aerosol - Does what is says on the tin. Warning: USE WITH CAUTION! Harmful to infidels of all alternative faiths in the vicinity.

CrazyCooter's picture

They should try this at a VFW dance after all the folks are liquored up real good.

That would be a "vetting".

Regards,

Cooter

lakecity55's picture

Shhh! We are on terrist alert! No time for that!

robertsgt40's picture

I'll bet if there is an attack it won't be at EU HQ

o r c k's picture

Duct tape and plastic sheeting.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) booboo Nov 20, 2015 9:12 PM

The trouble outfit is Anderson Cooper in black hoodie.

Majestic12's picture

"The trouble"

"is" Anderson Cooper....

don't ya just want to invite him to a "family" dinner?

Maybe let him babysit?

Flagit's picture

Not even if my dad was Dr. Lecter.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Flagit Nov 20, 2015 10:25 PM

Im sure Anderson is dragging his green screen along  so when he attends victims funerals he can interview their laughing relatives. Wonder if that lady who was in Sandy Hook and Boston Bombing will play a role here too?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg-ojFIjBhA

 

hxc's picture

Sawbthat years ago... Still somehow shocking yet unsurprising.

TeaClipper's picture

Knew some ex forces Belgians in the 80s, in a bike club i use to run with. They were some of the toughest motherfuckers you are ever likely to meet, all cut their teeth fighting in ex Belgian colonies in Africa. I would have put any one of those guys up agaisnt a soft bellied American soldier, any day of the week, ANY DAY

Grumbleduke's picture

Those days are far gone now. The only thing they are fighting now are allegations of child molesting and white slavery, all under the wings of blue helmets. But you won't hear that in the news.

WOAR's picture

I would put up any soldier from the 80's versus today's, and the 80's guy would win.

sun tzu's picture

How could this be? 0bozo and his lame stream media lackeys told us the refugees are a bunch of widows and babies in diapers

stant's picture

Can't be Obo says he's got this

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

Does it mean that Belgians will stop buying US debt to buy US bombs?

 

 

palmereldritch's picture

There's no purchase there. It's really more like having that debt's parking validated. For now.

Short version: parked vehicles to be returned when re-po requires.

o r c k's picture

No, there's a debt gap now.

Yen Cross's picture

  paging Euro-Clear...

Carpenter1's picture

AHHHHHHHH! RUN!! IMMINENT WARNING #905,213,066

MrTouchdown's picture

This is a perfect time to start running the "see a muzzy, stab a muzzy for peace" psa!

LetThemEatRand's picture

I see we're back to the nightly terror warnings from the 2011/2012 era.   Gotta tell the sheeple they are in constant danger so they will go along with whatever it is you want to do the them to "keep them safe."   Hopefully they will bring back an easy to understand terror threat level chart, with the highest alert level being "Phuc Dat Bich."

Billy the Poet's picture

But last night you went on and on about how Muslims hate freedom. Should we be concerned or not?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Do you not understand the difference between not wanting to invite millions of Muslims into the West versus Western governments using terror threats to manipulate the sheeple?  Two completely separate issues, but I realize it requires a little deeper thought than that to which you are accustomed.

By the way, do you stand by your position that Muslims love free markets and do not like leaders telling them what to do such that you need to defend them given your ideology?

Billy the Poet's picture

Do you not understand the difference between not wanting to invite millions of Muslims into the West versus Western governments using terror threats to manipulate the sheeple?

 

So let me understand this.

 

According to LTER, elected government is the only way that the average man can be happy and safe. But that same elected government uses an unfounded fear of Muslims in order to frighten the people it claims to protect. This fear of Muslims is unfounded despite the fact that there are millions of Muslims in this country and by nature they hate freedom and commit terrible crimes.

Is that about it?

 

By the way, do you stand by your position that Muslims love free markets and do not like leaders telling them what to do such that you need to defend them given your ideology?

 

Citation?

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'll leave you with this.

What the Western governments are doing at the behest of the Zionists and oligarchs is not simplistic, which is why you're having difficulty understanding it.  They are using extremist Muslims to scare the shit out of Western populations.   The extremists actually are extremists, but they are a threat to the West only because the various three letter agencies want them to be in order to achieve a broader objective.  Imagine if ADT security hired some criminals to break into your home so ADT could sell you a security system the next day.  The criminals were still criminals, and the fact that ADT hired them for their own reasons does not excuse what the criminals did.  

As one final point, the fact that our system is corrupted does not prove that elected government is a bad idea.  It only proves that our elected government is corrupt.  

Billy the Poet's picture

That's what I said over and over again last night but for some reason those views caused you to attack me at that time.

 

Here's a sample

 

Billy the Poet


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But do you realize that anti-Muslim hysteria is a tool of those who fund Islamic radicals? It's a self sustaining cycle. As long as you support the "Muslims are murderous scum" meme then they will be dealt with by the same government whose preferred method of intervention is to arm Islamic radicals.

 

Glad I could convince you of your errors and I require no credit from you or gratitude on your part. The pleasure I gain in knowing that I've helped you better understand the complexities of the world beyond your former stance that all Muslims hate us for our freedoms is thanks enough.

LetThemEatRand's picture

One more comment because I can't help myself.  Your point:  "But do you realize that anti-Muslim hysteria is a tool of those who fund Islamic radicals."

Saudi Arabia, a muslim nation with lots of its own money:  1) has no free market economy; 2) has an unelected government that micromanages the population; 3) has royalty who don't need to follow the rules everyone else has to follow; 4) whips journalists to death for criticizing the government; 5) doesn't let women drive; 6) still beheads people; 7) still cuts off the hands of thieves, etc.

Why you, a so-called free market anarcho capitalist defends these fuckers is beyond my understanding, yet you say that we agree with each other.  It is not hysteria not to want to invite these assholes into our countries.

Kassandra's picture

So..how long is duct tape good for?

palmereldritch's picture

I will never advocate violence but given that France is going to war and defending itself now, it really should be using all its options of self-defense to look at the KSA.

They are a primary financier of ISIS and their myriad, multiple extremist manifestations in the form of fundamentalist Mosques. It's simple math and obvious identification. Break that chain if you can't find the primary.

The fish rots from the head down so at least for now, remove one head of that GMO Frankenfish C[eye]A-monster.

Billy the Poet's picture

Saudi Arabia, a muslim nation with lots of its own money:  1) has no free market economy; 2) has an unelected government that micromanages the population; 3) has royalty who don't need to follow the rules everyone else has to follow; 4) whips journalists to death for criticizing the government; 5) doesn't let women drive; 6) still beheads people; 7) still cuts off the hands of thieves, etc.

Why you, a so-called free market anarcho capitalist defends these fuckers is beyond my understanding, yet you say that we agree with each other.  It is not hysteria not to want to invite these assholes into our countries.

 

But of course I never defended Saudi Arabia. Here's what I said last night and you did nothing but dispute me:

 

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Bin Laden is Saudi. Nineteen of the hijackers were Saudi. US presidents continue to kiss and bow before Saudi kings to this very day.

 

 

And:

 

Billy the Poet


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I agree that the House of Saud is responsible for terrible crimes but I don't believe that that guilt attaches to some Muslim baker in Tehran or some Muslim dry cleaner in Michigan. Do you?

 

 

Why would you lie and say that I defend Saudi Arabia (other than the fact that you have no legitimate argument to make)?

malek's picture

Keep pointing it out.

LTER follows the famous quip by Adenauer (first post-war German chancellor):

"What do I care about my stupid ramblings of yesterday?" ("Was interresiert mich mein dummes Geschwaetz von gestern?")

palmereldritch's picture

LTER @ 22:11 - Great comment. You're in the zone now

Benjamin123's picture

Elected or not elected, happiness or not, the institution of government will never go away. Not until evolution creates a new breed of man with a natural instinct for rejecting all authority.

It is simply impossible, regardless of the consequences or the morality of it. Each time a government dissapears a dozen factions pop up trying to be become the new government.

This happens at all levels from the national to the neighborhood level. Ever heard of the famous no-go zones in western europe? Police forces wont go in, so the government is essentially non existing but rather than libertarian paradises what happens is that the locals institute their own courts, patrols and local taxation schemes. These are states within states. Just like ISIS or FARC.

Billy the Poet's picture

When people decide to organize themselves around the principle that every individuals owns himself rather than rallying around one strong man or another that will be a beautiful thing to see.

 

I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — "That government is best which governs least" and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.-- Henry David Thoreau

Benjamin123's picture

It will never happen. It doesnt matter how beautiful your vision is, it will never happen. Why should anyone care about what you find beautiful? You sound like the old soviet bureocrats talking about how beautiful socialism will be once socialism arrives.

Your so called philosophy is irrelevant. You ought to be locked in a lunatic asylum guarded by men with guns, supplied with a soapbox and a audience of fellow lunatics to applaude after your speeches while the guards laugh. Naturally you wont oppose them, because opposing armed guards requires violence and violence is BAD.

TheReplacement's picture

Not seperate issues.  That elected government has moved heaven and earth to create multiple refugee crises in order to create the threats of terror by which they can manipulate the sheeple.  They have wisely chosen peoples from cultures that are not compatible with the target nations thereby the division is baked into the cake and so much easier to leverage.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Imagine all the people not being cavemen worshiping sky gods.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs

Until then, we have problems.