- Dec 9, 2009
As British tourists begin to return
Must book me a flightTunisian police raid 'extremist hideout'
Yes. And some will just be regular rats and some will be terrorists wanting to stay longer without having to hide. How would you know which they are?Terrorists Across the Sea
BARBIE LATZA NADEAU
03.30.18 10:03 PM ET
ROME—When Anis Amri, the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market truck massacre, arrived in Italy by sea from Tunisia in 2011, he was part of a mass exodus of tens of thousands of men escaping the Arab Spring uprisings. By 2012, Italy and Tunisia had signed a bilateral agreement to immediately repatriate all Tunisians who arrived by sea, and the number of those trying to make it to Europe dwindled to less than five percent of overall sea migration demographics.
But in late 2017, the number of Tunisians intercepted while attempting to come to Italy by sea suddenly spiked to nearly 10,000, marking a more than 200 percent increase over the year before. And in 2018, Tunisians are again on track to make up the bulk of sea arrivals that are intercepted.
But what is worrying counter-terrorism officials across Europe most is not the people they catch—it’s those who come into the country undeterred. Tunisians don’t generally drift across the sea in perilous rubber dinghies like sub-Saharan African migrants. According to Frontex, the European border control agency, they are far more likely to come from the shores of Tunisia and Algeria by chartered speed boats directly to Sicily or Sardinia.
thanks to an accord between Italy and Libya that bolstered the Libyan Coast Guard’s capabilities to turn boats back, the number of departures from Tunisia and Algeria had increased, and now makes up almost 20 percent of all irregular migration crossings.
“(The terrorism threat) remains high and we must be certain that there are no frontier crossings to the EU that are not intercepted,” he said. “This would be to the detriment of European security.”
That threat has put Italy on high alert. On Thursday, four Tunisians and a Palestinian were arrested in the town of Latina, south of Rome. The men were known associates of Berlin killer Amri, who had spent time in Latina after being released from prison in Palermo four years after he arrived in Italy by sea. They had been caught on wiretaps talking about recruiting new arrivals to the country with videos that urged foreign fighters to “cut off the heads and genitalia of non-believers.”
The men had been under surveillance since Amri was killed in Milan after traveling from Berlin via France to the northern Italian city. One of the men is thought to have been one of Amri’s accomplices in the Christmas market attack, according to investigators who announced the arrests. He may have been involved in the procurement of Amri’s false documents and travel tickets that allowed him to escape Berlin undetected.
told La Repubblicanewspaper. “We couldn't afford to wait until he identified a target to strike.”
Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti has suggested that as many as 30,000 “foreign fighters” are currently “on the run” from Syria and Iraq, and he said many of them may be trying to get to Europe on migrant boats. “There are between 25,000 and 30,000 foreign fighters who, in the face of a military retreat, are preparing to infiltrate the diaspora in Europe, taking advantage of the routes that remain open,” Minitti said, referring to the central Mediterranean route between the north African coast and Italy.
Security concerns tied to migration reached a fevered pitch during Italian elections in early March that so far have not produced a working government. Matteo Salvini, the leader of the anti-immigration Northern League party whose center-right coalition is poised to guide the new Italian government, posted a damning warning on his party’s Facebook page. “Terrorism risk is very high: after the arrests and the denunciation by Frontex about the possibility that there are infiltrators among those who disembark, we ask for an immediate intervention, a strict control of all our borders by sea and land and the suspension of any further landing on our coast. Islamic terrorists are arrested and released, people are coming and going, killing and returning ... We must have control of the borders and expulsion of illegal immigrants. I hope to soon have the power to do it.”
It's high time bezness was taken seriously and warnings put in place! These illegal immigrants will be needing money and permanent papers Innocent victims will be targeted en masse from within their own countries....and the media persist in mocking victims instead of warning them, arghhhhhh!
Canada don't like to help rats. One of the rats here had his visa was rejected last year. His canadian, older wife appealed and lostWell, Canada still like to help the less fortunate. But not terrorists. They are tightening up, but I’m sure a lot still get through.
Again, thank you, girls!Must book me a flight
The whole country is full of them...I will never understand how it is deemed safe
I felt very reassured of safety when I read this:
Alan Bowen, an adviser for the African Travel and Tourism Association, told the BBC he wouldn’t visit the country. ”It’s a very brave move starting these flights,” he said. “Tunisia has improved security, but the country borders Libya, which is in a state of chaos.” I wouldn’t go because I don’t think it’s safe.”
If he lied on anything in his application and got caught he will get rejected. I know they have a strict policy on that. Even if they find it out ten years later. Too bad. Citizenship gets revoked and out you go! But they seem to let a lot of people in.Canada don't like to help rats. One of the rats here had his visa was rejected last year. His canadian, older wife appealed and lost
I have had everything crossed since I left Tunisia, that Mount Etna erupts and sends a tsunami across to EzzahraDo you think we can talk North Korea into doing their missle tests on Tunisia?
I was just watching the news about North Korea.
I’m like hey! Forget the US! Aim for Tunisia.
He probably got across on a spouse visa. Is he gonna try to get her to Canada? Is he a high flying city whizz? How long has he been there for?can i ask.. is the only way a young tunisian man in canada.. he only get marriage visa? i have a friend in tunisia.. her husband is in canada.. she only married him this year. she is young tunisian woman. how would he have got to canada?
His name would not be Ghazouani, would it?can i ask.. is the only way a young tunisian man in canada.. he only get marriage visa? i have a friend in tunisia.. her husband is in canada.. she only married him this year. she is young tunisian woman. how would he have got to canada?