FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — The suicide bombings at the Brussels airport and a train station on March 22nd resulted in at least 31 deaths and approximately 300 wounded. ISIS took responsibility for the slaughter of innocent civilians, which had all the hallmarks of the carefully planned and coordinated multi-pronged Paris attacks it launched last November. The Brussels attacks occurred a few days after the arrest last week of Salah Abdeslam, who was involved in the Paris massacres and was in the midst of planning more attacks in his home country of Belgium. Abdeslam was a master recruiter for ISIS, tapping associates from his childhood home in the jihadist neighborhood of Brussels known as Molenbeek, where planning for the Paris attacks had been carried out.
“Not only did he drop out of sight, but he did so to organize another attack, with accomplices everywhere,” said French Senator Nathalie Goulet, co-head of a commission tracking jihadi networks, as quoted by the Associated Press.
The Brussels operation was already well along in the planning phase before Abdeslam’s arrest. However, his accomplices evidently accelerated the timetable after his arrest.They wanted to make sure that attacks resulting in a large number of civilian casualties were successfully carried out before the Belgian authorities could act on any information they were gleaning from Abdeslam.