Meanwhile, the French have launched air strikes on the “Islamic State” in
Syria, while commencing an
investigation of crimes against humanity by the Syrian dictatorial regime of
Bashar Assad. I have posted over the
years about French counterterrorism and peacekeeping efforts, especially in its
former colonies in Africa.
With the cooperation of French law enforcement, the two leaders of the leftist Basque terrorist organization were captured across the border from
Spain. I had posted how the separatist terrorists
had ceased fire, as they have gradually been defeated by the Spanish, but the
capture of their leadership could be the mortal blow to the organization and a significant
victory against terrorism.
pain and Morocco,
despite their differences over the sovereignty of Spanish enclaves in North Africa, continue to cooperate against Islamist
terrorism. Their joint efforts yielded another
series of arrests of militants who intended to engage in violent jihad (Islamic
holy war). The Spanish-Moroccan cooperation is a good example of the increase in intelligence sharing and law enforcement cooperation since the September 11 Attacks and the start of the global War on Terrorism.