Fearing Terrorist Movements, Greece and France Boost Intelligence Sharing

November 10, 2020

ATHENS — After terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice, Greek and French intelligence agencies are planning to further help each other with intelligence about the movement of jihadists who could plan more.

Sources who weren't named told Kathimerini that a task force will be created to track suspected extremists from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco that live in or have traveled through Greece. 

An unnamed senior official said authorities are currently monitoring 25 suspected jihadists with France having aligned itself with Greece against provocations by Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country.

Security is also being increased at French institutions and companies in Greece and other sites that could become targets, the paper also said, while security agent from both countries are gathering more data on those who could try to move in the shadows and conduct attacks. 

While Greece just opened a first official state-paid mosque in Athens, the report said officials are also going to speak to the leaders of some 100 unlicensed mosques that are operating while security officials are looking further into whether there could be terrorists planted among some 100,000 refugees and migrants in detention centers and camps on five islands and the mainland.

A 27-year-old man from Tajikistan facing charges as a member of ISIS after being arrested in the city of Tripolis in the Peloponnese, on the basis of an Interpol red notice issued in his own country. 

He was said to be a father of four and entered Greece as an illegal migrant in 2017, police sources told the paper, was given asylum and had been living in an apartment rented by a non-governmental organization.

He claims to be the brother-in-law of Tajikistan's opposition leader and sought asylum in Greece as a victim of persecution and torture there but police said they've contacted authorities in Tajikistan.


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