The Original Target For The Brussels Terror Cell Was Euro 2016

Originally the terror cell that was used on the attacks in Brussels and Paris this year was actually planning the Euro 2016 football championships to be held in France this summer as its target.


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According to a report by Libération a French newspaper, Mohamed Abrini, told the Belgian investigators when he was arrested on Friday, that the Islamist group never intended to target Brussels. The group had intended for another attack to be made on France to follow on from the suicide bombings and shootings that left 130 people dead and hundreds more injured in November. The paper reported that in accordance with information that they had been supplied, Abrini said that they were planning to attack  again during the Euro football tournament.

The tournament will be taking place in 10 cities across France in June and July with the opening match and final being due to be held at the Stade de France in Paris, which was also the target of the November attacks. The claim was no surprise to the French police who confirmed that it stood to reason that the terrorists would want to attack Euro 2016 and security forces were examining possible attack scenarios so that they could know exactly how to respond in this type of situation.

Abrini went on to tell detective that the masterminds behind the attacks had feared that the police were getting to close after Salah Abdeslam had been arrested and at that point was considered to be the last surviving terrorist. Three days after his arrest when reports suggested that Abdeslam was helping the police, the targets were switched and saw the staged coordinated attacks on Brussels airport and the metro system, which claimed the lives of another 32 people.

There have been clear links found by investigators between the cell behind the Brussels attacks and the group that had prepared and carried out November’s attacks in Paris. Both of which were claimed by Isis.

Belgian prosecutors have recently reported that Abrini, 31, was a prime suspect in the Paris attacks and had also confessed to being the other bomber at Brussels airport. Abrini has been nicknamed the man in the hat from the CCTV footage that was available showing him leaving a large bag full of explosives in the airport before fleeing on foot.

Abrini had been on the run from police before the Brussels bombings, as he had been since he was identified on CCTV as a major suspect being the driver of the Renault Clio that was used by the gunmen in the Paris attacks.

Four days prior to the bombings taking place the police arrested Abdeslam, Europe’s most wanted man after being on the run for four months. It is thought that Abdeslam had rented two cars that were involved in the Paris attacks using his real name as well as using it to book the hotel rooms that the attackers used. He had travelled to Paris with his childhood friend Abrini, and it is believed that they drove together to drop off the three suicide bombers that blew themselves up in the Stade de France.

Abdeslam, was said to have been found hiding out in Molenbeek in Brussels, just a few streets from where his parent lived. The days prior to his arrest saw police arrive with the intention of searching a flat that they thought was empty in Brussels only to be met with gunfire from behind the door.

One of the police sniper’s shot dead Mohamed Belkaïd, one of the gunmen who was a 35-year-old Algerian living illegally in Belgium. According to Thierry Werts, from the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office they found a Kalashnikov, a book on Salafism and an Islamic State flag next to his body. They also found the fingerprints of Abdeslam in the flat.

Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27, blew himself up on the Brussels metro soon after Ibrahim his elder brother had detonated his suicide vest at Brussels airport, was suspected of being involved in the logistics of the Paris attacks. He had used a false name to rent an apartment in the Forest area where police raided and he was also believed to have rented a safe house in the southern area of Belgium city.

Najim Laachraoui, 24, grew up in Brussels, and blew himself up at the airport attack. He was a suspected Islamic State recruiter and bomb-maker, and his DNA was found on two of the explosives belts that were used in the Paris attacks. Days after the Brussels attacks the French president, reported that those behind the attacks were no longer but he was quick to add that other networks existed and were still a threat.

The Greatest Airports In The World

If you have found yourself stuck in an airport due to a delayed or cancelled flight you will no doubt have experienced a serious case of boredom. There is nothing worse than sitting clock watching for hour upon hour. Don’t despair though as there is hope in the form of some airports that have made the effort to keep your suffering to a bare minimum. Here are just a few of them.

Zurich Airport

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Melbourne Airport

As Australia’s second busiest, Melbourne Airport served over 30 million passengers for the first time in 2013. The airport opened in 1970, and has served the city of Melbourne ever since and has won many accolades in recent years including one for the best airport hotel in Australia.

R Tambo International

R Tambo International is a major airport which is located in South Africa, Johannesburg. The airport serves more than 30 million passengers a year it is the biggest African airport and situated about 1,700 meters above sea level.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport is the oldest commercial international airport in the entire world and it is also the busiest seeing over 35 million passengers in 2014. The international terminal was renovated in 2010 costing over $500 million and there are plans to build a second Sydney airport in the near future.

Kuala Lumpur International

This Airport is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia and Malaysia’s largest and busiest. In 2014 it serviced 50 million passengers and is ranked as in the top 20 busiest airports for passenger travel. The airport cost $3.5 billion to build and there is plans to expand the airport further in the future.

Vancouver International

Vancouver International airport was built in 1930, and is one of the busiest airports in Canada. The airport has won numerous awards over the years and it is noted for its unique structure and architecture which includes an art collection. Ever since the city was host to the 2010 Winter Olympics it has increased in popularity.

Beijing Capital

Beijing Capital International Airport has the second biggest airport terminal in the world and since 2010 it has been the second busiest in terms of the number of passengers that have travelled through it. The airport boasts a food area and over 70 stores where the prices are said to be the same as in the center of Beijing.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the perfect place for those who plan on leaving the airport with more money than they had when they arrived. Not only is the Amsterdam Schiphol the fifth busiest airport in the world, it sports a casino for travelers who are feeling particularly lucky. If the bustle of the casino is too much for you the airport also sports a library that is free for passengers to use.

London Heathrow

London Heathrow is a major international airport and as such it experiences the most air traffic in Europe. In terms of passengers it comes in as the third busiest worldwide and it is also reported to be the best airport for shopping. The main terminal alone offers more than 100 shops and restaurants, so it may not be so bad being delayed here.

Central Japan International

The central Japan international airport is situated on an artificial island that is set just off of the Japanese cost. The airport is also referred to as the Chubu Centrair International Airport. The airport opened in 2005 and is considered to be one of the finest airports in the world. The real highlight of this airport has to be the Sky Town Shopping Center which offers dozens of restaurants and shops.

Zurich Airport

Zurich airport is the 12th busiest in Europe and serves over 20 million passengers every year. The airport has won many awards over the years as well as being voted as the best European airport in the World Travel Awards. There is a complex called the Circle which is currently being developed and will be home to a variety of shops, restaurants and hotels.

Munich Airport

Munich Airport is the best in the west and it is easy to see why. The airport is particularly popular with beer lovers as it has its own brewery and produces seven different beers too. However, that is not all as the airport sports a flight simulator and also places that can be rented by the hour and include a bed, Wi-Fi and TV, just remember when you have to be delayed this is the perfect place to be!

San Francisco Is The First Big US City To Require Solar Panels On New Buildings

Whilst San Francisco is known for its fog, the city has a new plan for the sun that it does see and this is to turn it into power for its buildings. On Tuesday after a unanimous passing of legislation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors all new construction that is under ten will now have to install solar panels or solar water heaters on new buildings regardless of whether they are commercial or residential

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In accordance with the Californian law, all new builds must designate at least 15% of their rooftops which benefit from the sun to solar products, San Francisco are now requiring the buildings to actually make use of solar panels. These new rules mean that San Francisco will be the first city in America to make it law to have the solar panels on new constructions.

By increasing their use of solar power San Francisco once again become the leaders for the nation in the fight to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and climate change. Supervisor Scott Weiner, put the legislation forward explaining that by activating and maximising unused roof space was an efficient and smart way to promote the use of solar energy whilst also improving the environment.

The new rules are set to become effective as of January 1st, 2017 after which all construction that takes place will fall under the new state laws. In the case of a developer not wanting to add solar panels, there is a backup plan, this being that people can install a roof top garden on the top of the building instead.

17 Things That The Irish Do Best

Ireland is one of the most interesting countries in the world, and one, which many Americans can trace their origins from. As a country, Ireland does some things differently than other countries. Here are 17 Things That the Irish Do Best


If you are in the mood to go shopping while you’re away, High Street in Dublin is the perfect place to go.


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Prices there for the same products will be cheaper than London, since Ireland is on the Euro. Also sales at the Penney’s Department Store happen regularly.

15 Cool Things To Do In South Africa

South Africa is one of the coolest countries in the world. It boasts some of the best nature reserves, and world famous cities. If you’re looking for a unique place to visit on your vacation, you should definitely consider booking your tickets to South Africa. If you decide to go here are 15 Cool Things To Do In South Africa.

Tour the Garden Route

South Africa is a huge country at the southern tip of Africa. As such it has one of the most diverse sceneries in the world.

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A great idea for nature lovers would be to tour the Garden Route, which runs from Mossel Bay to Storms River Village.

17 Places To See Before You Die

Many people dream about traveling to foreign countries. Unfortunately, money is a problem for a lot of would be travelers. With that being said, if you’re going to travel make sure to see these 17 places before you die.

SaPa Vietnam

If you’re interested in seeing local culture, that isn’t spoiled yet by tourism, SaPa in Vietnam is one of the best places to go.

SaPa Vietnam

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SaPa is best known for it’s rice paddies, and if you want to go, now is a great time to do so, because of the thawing of US-Vietnam Relations.

Thomas C Corley Studied Rich People For 5 Years And Found That They Avoid One Type Of Person

You may not think it, but who you spend your time with matters a whole lot more than you could possibly know. The fact is that your friendships could have a major impact on your actual net worth. The author Thomas C Corley, has been researching the habits of wealthy people for the past five years and there was one thing that came through, this being the type of people that wealthy people avoid at all costs, pessimists.

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In his book, “Change your habits, change your life” Corley explains that self-made millionaires are really particularly about the people they associate with. Corley states that one is only as successful as the people that they frequently spend time with. Rich people are constantly on the lookout for people that are goal orientated, optimistic, have attention to detail and are enthusiastic with a complete positive mental outlook on life.

In is study, 86% of rich people were in the habit of only being associated with other successful like-minded individuals. Additionally, these people make a point of limiting their exposure to negative and toxic people.

Corley truly believes that we emulate those people we are associated with and this is why it is so important to substitute negative acquaintances for those positive individuals as positivity appears to be the hallmark of rich people, and long term success was only possible by having a positive mental outlook.

Corley is not the first person to suggest that negativity is the quickest way to derail your success, and also that relationships can affect your financial success. Napoleon Hill, the journalist drew very similar conclusions after researching more than 500 self-made millionaires.

The bottom line is that there is no room for negativity when you are pursuing success, so start hanging out with optimists and steer clear of the pessimists.


Germany wants to Double Migrant Deportations

In a move, which represents the frustration of many Germans with the ongoing migrant crisis, the German Migrant Coordinator, Peter Altmaier has called for the doubling of migrant deportations of failed asylum seekers.


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As we all know, Germany is at the center of the whole migrant crisis, and the German Government has been having a bit of a problem deporting some of the migrants who have failed in their bid for political asylum, and refugee status. While most of those deported have come from Balkan countries such as Albania, there are also many migrants from places like Afghanistan who were unsuccessful in their applications. The only problem is that it is much harder to send someone back there. The German Government has been try to make a treaty with the Afghan Government, and hopes to double the amount of Migrants that they will deport in 2016, in comparison to 2015.

Original Source: washingtonpost

Taliban Threatens Key Helmand Capital As Afghan Soldiers Desert

Just three miles outside Lashkar Gah the Afghan soldiers can see a white flag, this is not in surrender, in fact it is quite the opposite. The flag illustrates quite how close the Taliban are to the Helmand Province. Regardless of the Afghan government reassuring that the army can hold and retake the ground it is looking less and less likely.


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With the Afghani troops pulling out of the Helmand districts it is understandable that those inside Lashkar Gah are becoming increasingly nervous. A source from the Helmand police made a statement to CNN last week confirming that the army have made little if any headway and that at least five complete districts are now under the full control of the Taliban. He also confirmed that the incredibly valuable opium crop was now being harvested in Helmand and this was the main reason for the Taliban’s focus on the southern area.

Whist the government are denying any suggestion that Helmand is under a threat of Taliban, stating that if it were Helmand would be overrun. The government are blaming the Taliban’s recent advances on the assistance that they are receiving from the fighters coming across from the Pakistani border.

The defence minister added that the newly appointed Afghan army leaders were sensational and whilst they were facing a difficult battle there was no way that Lashkar Gah is on the point of falling. What doesn’t help is the fact that many Afghan soldiers have deserted and now joined the Taliban and more troops with the Afghan army are dying.

This was further confirmed by two deserters who despite undertaking army training and taking an oath to serve their country, the situation has changed and the army has let them down so they had no choice but to join with the Taliban where they are treated really well. There have been record casualties and when their dead and injured comrades lay in their base and no one came to assist them or take them to hospital it was then we realized we should take our skills and used them in a better way, currently this sees us training the Taliban fighters.


The US Drop Bombs Quicker Than They Can Possibly Make Them

The aerospace and defense policy analyst Roman Schweizer, has admitted that whilst the US has a steady inventory of missiles and bombs the 2 ½ years of fighting ISIS and continued bombing of Afghanistan have exceeded the weapons projections leading to the Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, asking Congress to include further funding for 45,000 smart bombs in the 2017 budget, however it is looking like it could be a while before the stockpile is rebuilt.

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The United States dropped more than 20,000 guided missile bombs on Iraq and Syria in 2015. Recent months have seen the US has transferring further quantities of bombs to allies in the region. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been a lot less active in the fight against ISIS as they have been focusing their military on defeating rebel groups in Yemen since March 2015. This Saudi led coalition has with the American support been bombing Yemen but this is all being done using munitions made by US companies, and have purchased American weapons for over 10 years. through US State Department-brokered deals for more than a decade.

Although Roman Schweizer has confirmed that US bomb makers are capable of producing enough weapons to meet the demands, however he was quick to reiterate that if the US were in a state of war they would need to run three shifts of eight hours, twenty-four hours a day to supply the weapons.

Lockheed-Martin have confirmed that they have been asked to increase their Hellfire missile production facilities. Additionally, Boeing, makers of the Joint Direct Attack Munition, are also ramping up production. CNN reported in December that an unnamed US official reported that it may take up to four years for the country to rebuild their Hellfire missile inventory.

Schweizer had confirmed that the Pentagon are faced with an unresolved question as they are using weapons at a rate that they never determined and they do not know how long this current rate of use will continue.