10,000 documents and digital files were seized in northern Syria to reveal terror plots to attack Europe and other parts of the world, Britain’s top commander in the region has said.
The seize happened in August after the Islamic State group was evicted of Manbij in northern Syria, according to Major General Rupert Jones. “If we want to keep Britain safe, we need to deal with Daesh,” he said. General Jones declined to discuss details of the suspected plots, but stated that external operations from within the caliphate have been getting organized to a very significant degree, especially in Raqqa and Manbij. “They were key external operations hubs.
There is a huge amount of intelligence, documentation, electronic material that has been exploited there that points very directly against all sorts of nations around the world.” General Jones said that British security services, who are currently analysing the material, will be expecting fresh intelligence if the coalition retakes the Iraqi city of Mosul. US-backed Iraqi and Peshmerga forces have launched an offensive over there. “It will be a labyrinth of intelligence and we need to get that into the hands of the intelligence agencies,” he added. I
n the recent year, attacks either perpetrated or inspired by Islamic State struck cities across Europe. 130 people were killed in Paris November last year, and 32 people died in Brussels in March. Last week seven people of French, Moroccan and Afghan origin were arrested in Marseille and Strasbourg in France, after French anti-terror police foiled a terror ring plotting attacks around the country.
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve did not reveal the intended target of the plot, but he said that the prevented attack was a co-ordinated attack that was aimed to target multiple sites simultaneously. Also the US State Department urged Americans in Europe to be vigilant against a “heightened risk” of terrorism during the Christmas period.