Just by using the phrase “Islamist terrorists,” Rep. Pete King is already breaking the speech codes set by the Obama administration, but that’s another story. The real story is in Europe, where a series of raids in Belgium have disrupted what officials call an “operational terror cell” and its plans for an “imminent” attack.
Reuters reports that police killed two Islamists in the raids and arrested a third, adding that the probe into the terror cell had been underway before last week’s massacre in France.
Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch “terrorist attacks on a grand scale”.
A third man was detained in the eastern city of Verviers, where police commandos ran into a hail of gunfire after trying to gain entry to an apartment above a town centre bakery. All three were citizens of Belgium, which has one of the biggest concentrations of European Islamists fighting in Syria.
Newspaper correspondent Gert Van Langendonck has details on the raids from a police press conference and other sources.
Now is definitely not the time to “back down to political correctness.”