Paris attacks: EU ministers consider Europe-wide CIA-style intelligence agency and increased border security checks
A European equivalent of the CIA could be founded to bring together 28 member states’ intelligence following the Paris attacks.
Numerous failings have been identified since the massacres that killed 130 people a week ago today, driving calls from the European Commission for increased co-operation through a joint agency.
The supposed “mastermind” of the attacks, Belgian Isis militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud, had already been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in absentia for recruiting jihadists for the group and linked to several failed terror plots.
Authorities assumed he was Syria but coalition planes attempting to kill him could not locate him in Raqqa and CCTV later revealed he was not only in Paris, but freely travelling on the city’s Metro during the attacks.
He was eventually tracked to a flat in Saint-Denis on Wednesday morning and killed in a police raid but a co-conspirator, Salah Abdeslam, remains at large.
He and his brother, Brahim Abdeslam, had been arrested by authorities in Belgium after attempting to travel to Syria, but had not been reported to French intelligence services over suspected links to Isis.