Turkey has said that the Brussels bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui was deported to the Netherlands for the second time by Turkey last July as a 'foreign terrorist fighter', although it is uncertain whether Brussels was told. But if either the Dutch or the Belgians knew, they certainly didn't put the information onto the international watchlist.
It is claimed that both the El Bakraoui brothers and the mysterious 'Man in White' were on U.S. terror-watch lists and identified by American intelligence rather than by EU resources. The Telegraph also claims that the main EU anti-terrorism watchlist used by
the UK Border Force contains major flaws as is that it does not identify a
suspect operating under an alias by their finger prints.
Other reports suggest that there is very little co-operation between France, Germany, Belgium and their bordering countries on mainland Europe, let alone with 'outsiders' such as Britain, even though we are all in the EU. American officials have supported the comments made by Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6 which I wrote about yesterday
So much for this marvellous co-operation that we would no longer have
if we left the EU, it seems to be pretty non-existent at best.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump, in a Tweet says "My heart and prayers go out to all the victims of the terrible Brussels tragedy. This madness must be stopped and stop it I will".
Hilary Clinton, responding to a previous bombing said "Let us be clear, Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism".
Well, at least Trump has his feet firmly on the ground and believes in action rather than appeasement.
The Express reports
Retired general Michael Hayden, who has headed the CIA spy agency,
warned that the EU often “gets in the way” of combating terrorism and