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Exposing Europe’s intelligence failures

There are huge gaps in the capabilities of the continent's security agencies

By Pauline Neville-Jones  

Two Belgian police officers guard the Grand Place in Brussels. © AP Photo/Michael Probst

Developments in Syria and recent IS atrocities have spotlighted the issue of intelligence failures. British intelligence agencies, apparently, did not foresee the Russian decision to move equipment to Syria to prepare for bombing what it claims are terrorist targets. After the Paris attacks, the French said that other EU countries did not inform them that one of the perpetrators, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, had reached…

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