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A Week Before the Brussel’s Terror Attack, FBI Warned Dutch Police about Jihadist Brothers

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A week before the Brussels terror attack, the FBI supplied Dutch police with information about two brothers who blew themselves up in the massacre.

Dutch authorities passed on the critical information about Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui to their Belgian counterparts on March 17, the New York Post reports. 

“On March 16, the FBI informed Dutch police over the fact that both brothers were sought by Belgian authorities,” Dutch Interior Minister Ard van der Steur wrote after legislators asked about the Brussels residents.

The interior ministers said the FBI warned Dutch officials about Ibrahim’s criminal background” and that Khalad was wanted for “terrorism, extremism and recruitment.”

Although the interior minister said the information was shared with Belgian authorities, police there denied the brothers were part of the conversation.

The missed opportunity has provoked criticism about missteps and missed chances in the days before last week’s Brussels attacks.

Hoopla Over Detained Yemini Men Appears to be Nothing

plane window2UPDATE: Tuesday, 2:10 p.m — The Associated Press reports that Dutch prosecutors said the two Yemeni men were released without charge Wednesday after investigators found no evidence of a terror plot.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — All the hoopla over two Yemeni men detained in Amsterdam appears to be nothing, federal law enforcement sources said.

The two U.S. residents, Ahmad Mohamed Nasser al-Soofi, 48, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Hezem al-Murisi, 37, of Memphis, missed their flight on Sunday at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and got on another flight. Screeners found some items that appeared to be suspicious and speculation circulated that the men were possibly trying a test run for a terrorism attack.

But sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said relatives and friends were being interviewed and leads were being followed up and there  was no indication the men had any terrorist affiliations.

They caught a different flight, but some of their baggage had already been loaded on the flight they missed, including items that had been taped together and attracted attention from airport screeners. Though no explosives were found, investigators considered the possibility that the men might be conducting a test run for a terrorist attack, officials said.

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