Experts: Troops in Europe Could be Next Terrorist Target by Leo Shane III, Military Times
Terrorists’ next target in Europe could be U.S. troops and Defense Department civilians working there, a panel of experts warned lawmakers Tuesday.
“We know the (terrorist) networks are there, and we know they are looking for targets of opportunity,” said Clinton Watts, a security fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. “State Department and defense employees are on that list.”
The warnings came at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing looking at the aftermath of the Belgium bombings carried out by Islamic State group sympathizers last month. The coordinated attack wounded more than 300 and killed at least 35 individuals.
Among them were four Americans, including the wife of an Air Force officer stationed near the NATO headquarters in Brussels…