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ISIS claims responsibility for Berlin lorry attack

Wednesday, December 21st 2016 - 16:56 UTC
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Was ISIS really behind Monday's attack in Berlin or is it just an opportunistic move? Was ISIS really behind Monday's attack in Berlin or is it just an opportunistic move?

The Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization Tuesday admitted to being behind Monday's attack, when a lorry driven by one of its “soldiers,” crashed into a Berlin Christmas market, leaving 12 people dead.

 The attacker has not been identified yet and the Pakistani national originally arrested has been set free due to lack of substantial evidence against him.

Federal prosecutor Peter Frank had admitted that the style of attack and the choice of target suggested Islamic extremism and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who was at first reluctant to jump into conclusions, recognized that “we can no longer doubt that the terrible event last night was an attack.”

ISIS often refers to individuals who carry out attacks as its “soldiers” but whether there was any actual contact with the organization is yet to be proved. Face-to-face or online communication are possible but far from certain. If there was no direct contact, it could still be the case that an individual was inspired rather than directed by the group. In this case, an individual may leave his or her own pledge of allegiance in written form or online or in a video. But until such evidence emerges, it remains hard to know if this is just an opportunistic claim by the group rather than one based on real substance.

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  • Marti Llazo

    In the news: “Tunisian suspect in Berlin Christmas market attack faced past German terror probe”..... “... 24-year old Tunisian migrant — was the subject of a terrorism probe in Germany earlier this year and was not deported even though his asylum bid was rejected...”

    Was... not.... deported.

    And you wonder how Trump and similar politicians are garnering so much popular support?

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 11:59 pm +1
  • DemonTree

    No we didn't, most people said he sounded perfectly reasonable.

    It is notable how much immigrants like Marti and ChrisR complain about other immigrants 'ruining' countries though. At least ChrisR is actually capable of saying something positive about Uruguay occasionally.

    Dec 22nd, 2016 - 01:20 pm +1
  • Marti Llazo

    I don't recall Marti complaining about immigrants ruining countries. In fact the new Somali factory managers and shipyard bosses here in Argentina are doing a splendid job.

    Dec 22nd, 2016 - 04:30 pm +1
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