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Things have changed , countries like Kuwait stepping to the plate against those who supply weapons to ISIS.
@DimitrisY There are no good guys in a civil war. Yet Syria needs a smooth transition that will produce an inclusive govt without Islamists.
#UN Security Council adopts resolution 2249 calling on all necessary measures to counter #ISIS http://goo.gl/78D4t3 /via @franceonu
#UN SC resolution 2249: Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups also constitute a threat to international peace and security. #Syria
1) CNN: "No link between refugees & terrorists." True, the terrorists are homegrown. They are jihadists who traveled to Syria & returned.
2) The jihadists used the refugee route to return to Europe 'under the radar'. IS already said they would do that and they did.
3) Europe is facing a huge challenge. Lots of jihadi's returned, and maybe others also stayed 'under the radar' by taking the refugee route.
4) In addition to that, you also have the local IS supporters.
CNN: Hasna Aitboulahcen did not blow herself by using a suicide vest. A third man did it. They dont know who he is, yet.
U.N. to hold March summit to resettle, place millions of Syrians http://reut.rs/1MsqUs4 /via
@Reuters #Syria #refugeecrisis
Head of Germany's security service says
#ParisAttacks are 'beginning of a terrorist world war'. Listen: http://bbc.in/1Mrs8E5
Notice Kuwait finally cracking down on backers of ISIS -another sign Paris Attack was a game changer in attitudes.
Turkey hard bargaining with EU continues. Turkey's stated conditions remain unchanged. Check to Europe
#RussiaVsISIL airstrikes hit targets in Aleppo, Idlib, near Palmyra http://sptnkne.ws/af9q #RussiaVsISIL #Syria
BREAKING: Russia's long-range bombers carry out 60 sorties in 4 days http://sptnkne.ws/af9N #RussiaVsISIl #Syria
BREAKING: Russian Air Force hit 731 terrorist targets in 394 sorties http://sptnkne.ws/af9q #RussiaVsISIL #Syria
Russia is stepping up airstrikes aimed at degradation of oil trade of ISIS-which is allegedly losing1.5 ml per day.
French PM warns that terrorist used
#refugee crisis to ‘slip in’ to #France http://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/ministers-confirm-talks-over-mini-schengen-have-taken-place-but-germany-resists-plan/#section-1 …
Ministers confirm talks over mini
#Schengen have taken place but #Germany resists plan http://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/ministers-confirm-talks-over-mini-schengen-have-taken-place-but-germany-resists-plan/ …
#Greece state arrears, peaked in Dec 2012, #Tsipras got them at €3.9bln, reached almost €6bln in Sep #Budget
Turkey isn't taking anything on faith from the EU and pledges won't cut it. Cash only ...
EU Commission agrees to change #Schengen code for systematic checks on EU citizens at external borders. (source) 1/2
Legislative process could take 3-4 months "if all institutions get together" (source) 2/2
#Erdogan has the upper hand in the EU-Turkey refugee talks. He can practically do, say, and ask for anything. And the EU won't even flinch.
Paris Attacks and related investigations....
French authorities said a surprising tip they received aided them. Tipster said Abaaoud was living in St. Denis https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/europe-wants-tough-response-to-terror-threats/2015/11/19/da55d2c8-8edc-11e5-934c-a369c80822c2_story.html?postshare=3951447974826458&tid=ss_tw … 1/2
so 3 of the 11/13 attackers identities are still unknown? (fake) passport holder,+ 2 others? http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/15/world/europe/manhunt-for-paris-attackers.html …
Note both Belgium and France have sought Constitutional changes post Paris attacks ....
Commentator makes good point. Abaaoud most likely operational leader , but someone else put balls in play.
Belgium announcing steps to address risks stemming from Belgian Syria foreign fighters & Belgians on watch lists...
Paris prosecutor confirms Abdelhamid Abaaoud is among the dead. His identity was confirmed through forensic testing.
Refugee Crisis / Related Border Security Issues !
EU countries set to tighten passport checks , as part of effort to strengthen external Schengen border security.
Austria & Germany repeat call for other EU countries to step up to the plate regarding Refugee Crisis...
Serbia , Macedonia and Croatia clamp down further...
#FYROM preparing fence on parts of border w #Greece. PM Gruevski due to meet PM Orbán in Hungary tmrw http://www.globalpost.com/article/6690697/2015/11/19/macedonia-erect-wired-fence-border-control-migrant-flow … /via @DanMcL99
Europe needs tangible plan for #Refugee crisis says #Tsipras on trip to #Turkey http://dw.com/p/1H8wa
Slovenia will suggest at the Balkan teleconference today that the countries start blocking access to "economic migrants".
It sent back 168 Moroccans to Croatia, as a kind of test case due to a spike in the number of economic migrants.
This sparked a panicked reaction from Serbia and Macedonia, who decided to block access to people not from Syr/Afg/Iraq.
But so far no permanent action is being taken.
Spox: "We absolutely need to provide protection to those who need it, whose lives are threatened, who are escaping war zones ... "
" ..For others we will need to reach an agreement.. No country has limitless capacity so capacity shd be for those who are really in need."