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Parliamentary questions
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21 November 2019
E-003962/2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Athanasios Konstantinou
 Subject: Regrouping of Islamic State

On 19 November, the Office of the Inspector General of the US Defence Department published a report on ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’ being conducted by the international coalition against Islamic State (IS). Quoting the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), it warned that IS had taken advantage of Turkish attacks and the withdrawal of the US forces to ‘revamp its operations in Syria’ and improve its ability to plan attacks abroad.

The report goes on to predict that IS will seek to exploit this lack of security since it will have more ‘time and space’ to ‘expand its ability to conduct transnational attacks’, ‘target the West’ and ‘back its offshoots and networks around the world’.

In the long term, the IS will probably seek to extend its sphere of influence at international level. According to the DIA, the IS was prepared for the death of its leader al-Baghdadi and is expected to be able to continue its operations and maintain its global coherence and current position.

In view of this:

Will the Commission take preventive action to limit as far as possible any possible IS terrorist operations targeting EU Member States?

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