Twenty years ago Europe followed with dread the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York. After the attacks of September 11, the Old Continent would once again become the target of terrorism. Since then the EU has not. has constantly adapted to this threat.
If the 27 have learned lessons from the attacks that hit member states, experts point out that there is no foolproof solution to terrorists. Claude Moniquet, director of the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center, believes that the Union has made progress in strengthening its security. But he calls on the institutions to go further. “_What we have to do I think is what France and other countries are doing today in the Sahel. Why are we in the Sahel? Very clearly, to keep the threat as far away as possible possible European borders _ “, he insists.
The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, 20 years after the start of the military intervention, leaves a strategic vacuum and opens the door to new threats. With the arrival of the Taliban, Europeans and their interests could once again be the target of terrorists.
Claude Moniquet notes two serious risks. He evokes the arrival of terrorists who could slip into the ranks of refugees, as happened before the attacks in Paris and Brussels. This counterterrorism specialist is also worried because “the capture of Kabul by the Taliban is considered a victory. We can see it on social networks and it can breathe new life into jihad.”
Two terrorist structures, Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, are present in Afghanistan. The danger is that the country will once again become the epicenter of international terrorism.