As the targeting of Europe has increased over the last year, the types of attacks have evolved.
This seems to be the direct result of the gains on the battle field in Iraq by coalition and Iranian forces. Now, we have the lone wolf attacks to be concerned about.
These take little if any planning by outsiders. No chatter on phones or the web is needed. People, unsuspected of Islamist ideals just load up and go on a shooting spree or drive a truck through an unsuspecting crowd of celebrators.
There is now information that more attacks are on the way.
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The American government has revealed they have “credible information” Islamic State and al-Qaeda are planning to attack Christmas celebrations in Europe this year.
The warning comes days after French counterterrorist police seized a haul of weapons and arrested seven people, taking orders from Syria, thought to have been plotting to hit Christmas events.
With a “focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events”, the State Department in Washington D.C. said organised attacks, such as those in Paris last November and in Brussels in March, as well as lone-wolf attacks, were possible.
“U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning,” they said.
These types of warnings mostly come to nothing. These come to nothing mostly because the added security and awareness scare off the potential attackers. But, this does not mean that we should not take such threats seriously.
It also does not mean that we should not be aware and vigilant here in the states.