Thursday 3 April 2008, by De Morgen
A delegation of American CIA and FBI agents were in Morocco to examine the terrorist network of Belgian-Moroccan terrorist and informant Abdelkader Belliraj. US interest in Belliraj is based on a connection between him and al-Qaeda and Hezbollah. Meanwhile, the Belgian police delegation has returned from Morocco and convinced of Belliraj’s significance in the network, and may be responsible for more incidents of terrorism than initially presumed. Alain Winans, the head of the Belgian Intelligence Service, which has received criticism in its handling of terrorism cases, denied that he should have made it known that Belliraj was an informant. The Belgian parliament will soon decide whether or not the intelligence service will gain additional power to help improve the agency’s reputation.
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