France will now hold its nose and join

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

BE­YOND Fri­day night’s car­nage in Paris, there were two cru­cial devel­op­ments this week. First, there is the emerg­ing re­al­i­sa­tion in the West that Daesh is no longer just bol­ster­ing its Is­lamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq but is now plan­ning and car­ry­ing out ma­jor terror at­tacks in Europe. Sec­ond, to counter this threat, there may be lit­tle choice but to co­op­er­ate more closely with Rus­sia against Daesh.

Pre­vi­ous at­tacks as­cribed to Daesh — such as the mur­ders at the Jewish Mu­seum last year in Brussels and the killings in Jan­uary in Paris — were be­lieved to have been car­ried out by “lone wolves” act­ing on their own ac­cord.

How­ever, the so­phis­ti­cated plan­ning re­quired for last week­end’s at­tacks, the use of ex­plo­sive “sui­cide vests” and the quan­tity of weapons em­ployed, leave no doubt that they were the work of a wel­lor­gan­ised move­ment.

As more in­for­ma­tion comes out, the links be­tween the per­pe­tra­tors and Daesh fig­ures in Syria are be­com­ing clearer.

This shift of fo­cus on to Europe; the use of the refugee stream as a cover for in­fil­trat­ing ter­ror­ists; and the in­volve­ment of French and Bel­gian cit­i­zens, means the West is fac­ing a com­pletely new level of threat.

It also means that Western in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity ser­vices will now be co-or­di­nat­ing more closely and fo­cus­ing all their re­sources on this threat.

This in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion, how­ever, will raise a thorny ques­tion: how can Western gov­ern­ments work to­gether with Vladimir Putin’s Rus­sia in the fight against Daesh?

In the space of just two months, Rus­sia has be­come the coun­try most heav­ily in­volved in Syria, along with Iran. While it has claimed to be act­ing against Daesh, the Rus­sian ef­forts have been more fo­cused on bomb­ing

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