Greece: The New Breeding Ground For Jihadists?

Greece had just elected its new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras. The new government is immediately posed with several challenges. Among these is its debt problem, high unemployment rate, unstable relationships with the rest of Europe and an emerging crisis on its security system.

Taking advantage of Greece’s condition and location

To unsuspecting minds, Greece is just another country that has suffered gravely from the Europe’s economic fallout. However to the world of terrorism, Greece is a strategic crossroads for both the jihadists that will be traveling from Europe to Syria and Iraq. It is also a place where an extremist could trudge unnoticed from exploits in the Middle East.

According to intelligence reports, the terrorists have exploited the land for its strategic location and its nearness to Turkey. Greece’s number of illegal entries from Syria has also escalated. Many jihadists pose as refugees from Syria to travel into Greece and then to Europe or the Middle East. The terrorists also took advantage of the financial crisis in the country.

A reliable source said that at least 200 people in Greece have actively participated in jihadist groups. People mostly join either the al Nusra Front or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

To prove that Greece is at risk of its national security, here are instances that link Greece to terrorism activities:

• According to Belgian intelligence, a renowned Belgian jihadist may have crossed from Syria to Greece and then contacted a terrorist via phone.

• Early this year, three Belgians were reportedly set to fly to Greece. They were sympathizers of the ISIS movement.
• Last year two jihadists from France were arrested. Both used Greece as an entry point to Europe.

Combating the problem

An informant of Greece said that the nation was not the target of the jihadists, it was only a gateway used by the terrorists.

The government of Greece has their security heightened. It was reported that in 2011, the Greek government detained 50,000 illegal migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will continue to conduct rigid measures of those who are trying to enter the country. Given, the rising number of daily refugees from Syria, this is a challenge for the government. Nonetheless, it will perform tight measures to secure the struggling nation.

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Israeli’s Chief Intelligence Officer Denies Issues Of Opposing Sanctions On Iran

Mossad leader Tamir Pardo issued a statement that he did not oppose to the sanctions imposed on Iran. The press release was to clarify the reports that have been circulated in which he was against the sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programs.

The news regarding the Mossad leader opposing the sanctions came out after meeting with his meeting with the senators.

Supportive of the Prime Minister

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhanyu is known for his good leadership, wisdom and fierce decisions. He was among those who first condemned the Republic of Iran for their aggressive nuclear program. He supports the sanctions imposed by the international community to Iran in response to their nuclear agenda.

The chief of Mossad pointed out that he is in full support to the Prime Minister’s decision. He also emphasized that the major factor that brought Iran into negotiation was the effective sanction placed upon the country. He further added that for Iran to come into terms with the international government allies, they will have to be placed upon tremendous pressure.

The Mossad

The Mossad is one of the elite intelligence agencies in Israel. It was formed in December of 1949. The Mossad served as a coordinating team for other intelligence units in Israel which includes the Foreign Offices department, the army intelligence department and the internal security service. It was later reorganized in 1951 and became a part of the Prime Minister’s team. The head of this elite force reports directly to the Prime Minister of Israel.

Its activities include intelligence gathering, counter terrorist movement and deep covert operations. The Mossad is mainly responsible for bringing back to Israel the Jews that were dispersed during the Second World War. It is also their creed to protect the Jewish people at any cost.

Mossad has a wide of range of operations for the years that it has been in existence. It is often linked with the assassinations of terrorist leaders and political leaders as well.

Mossad’s motto is taken from a passage in the Bible found in the book of Proverbs chapter 11, verse 14. It says that “Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

History Channel: Spyweb Mossad – Documentary

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