Brussels on Lockdown, Imminent and Specific Terror Threat

Brussels looks like a militarized war zone. It's on lockdown, the Metro has been closed. Authorities say there is a specific and immediate threat of a "Paris Style" attack.

The still-at-large alleged Paris bomber, Saleh Abdeslam, 26. He's believed to be in Brussels, trying to make his way back to Syria. There are reports he has physically disguised his appearance and using a new name, Yassine Baghli. Some friends of his brother say he contacted people on Skype trying to get back to Syria. [More...]

Two alleged accomplices, one of whom may have scouted the Paris attack sites, have been arrested in Turkey:

[Turkish authorities] identified one of the suspects as Ahmet Dahmani, 26, a Belgian national of Moroccan descent, who allegedly scouted target sites for the Paris attacks. He was arrested at a hotel in Antalya.

Two other suspects, Syrian nationals Ahmet Tahir, 29, and Mohammed Verd, 23, were arrested after they traveled from Syria to meet Dahmani, a Turkish government spokesman reported. The two were going to take him to Syria, it is alleged.

Also, it turns out the female cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud who was reported to have died when she detonated her suicide vest did not detonate anything. It was a third person with them in the flat:

Abaaoud's cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen, was also killed in the shooting, although initial reports that she had died after detonating a suicide vest proved to be false.

A third suspect in the flat is thought to have detonated his vest, killing Hasna Aitboulahcen and wanted ISIS poster boy Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

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    Wonder if this is the reason??? (none / 0) (#1)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Nov 21, 2015 at 03:01:18 PM EST
    They might actually be very helpful in helping neutralize ISIS on line activity.

    The hacker collective Anonymous says the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is planning to launch attacks in the U.S., Paris, Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon on Sunday.

    OpParisIntel, the name of Anonymous' mission against ISIS, released a statement Saturday saying it had uncovered information regarding new terror plots "on Paris and the world" scheduled for Nov. 22.

    "All proof was submitted to official authorities all around the globe days ago," the statement said, as first reported by the International Business Times. "They have it and it is their responsibility to do something with it. But because they have not done anything with it yet and it's almost the 22nd, we have matters into our own hands."

    Over here as well (none / 0) (#2)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Nov 21, 2015 at 04:22:42 PM EST
    FBI: Officials taking report about ISIS threat seriously at Philips Arena
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    ATLANTA -- FBI officials have confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that they are taking seriously a report about an ISIS threat at a WWE Survivor Series event in Atlanta on Sunday.
    The FBI released the following statement to Channel 2 Action News:
    "The FBI is aware of reports of an alleged threat that includes an Atlanta, Georgia venue and event.  While we take all threats seriously, we do not have specific or credible information of an attack at this time.  We have, however, made the proper notifications as we continue to work closely with our law enforcement and private sector partners to keep our community safe."


    No security to enter City Center. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sun Nov 22, 2015 at 03:09:12 PM EST
    Wonderful performance. Sadler's Wells Ballet, Orch. of St. Luke's, Calder String Quartet, music of Thomas Ades w/Ades conducting and as pianist.