Authorities in Spain, Germany and Belgium arrested five people suspected of belonging to a propaganda cell affiliated to ISIS yesterday in a security operation carried out by international police.
At the same time, it was announced in Brussels yesterday that Belgian prosecutors have started investigations into dangers that the Belgian army may be exposed to and that are described as “serious”. This comes after an ISIS leader published a number of photos of Belgian soldiers and their names via the Telegram message application in a letter that he said is addressed to “the brothers in Belgium”.
Belgian media said yesterday that the actions of the leader seem like an invitation to carry out terrorist attacks on Belgian soldiers and that security and judicial authorities are dealing with these threats very seriously. The threats are related to Rashid Qasim Al-Faransi who is an ISIS leader and whose name has recently been appearing frequently after the discovery of terrorist plots in France and Belgium. The authorities in both countries have arrested 15 people in the past few weeks in connection with Qasim, and authorities in Brussels and Paris succeeded in thwarting several terrorist plots.
Belgian media said that Rashid obtained pictures and the names of a number of soldiers through Facebook and that he published this information on his website via Telegram which is frequented by 300 followers last Monday. According to media sources in Brussels, there is a chance that these images and names will be seen by more supporters of ISIS and other people as well.
The sources said that Qasim encourages terrorist movements in Europe daily, and noted that he succeeded in doing so twice in France, the first time when a policeman and his wife were killed and the second when 86 people were killed by a person who was driving a truck in Nice.