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Berlin Xmas market attack: Impossible to prevent or security failure?

Police stand in front of the truck which ploughed last night into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016 © Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters


While 100 percent security is hard to achieve, it is also ineptitude on the part of the European authorities managing public safety which are to blame for allowing the Berlin Christmas market attack to happen; experts told RT.

A truck plowed into a Christmas market in western Berlin on Monday evening killing 12 people and injuring dozens more in what has been called a terrorist attack.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Tuesday: “There is much we still do not know with sufficient certainty but we must, as things stand now, assume it was a terrorist attack.” She also added it would be hard to bear if it turned out that the “person who committed this act was someone who sought protection and asylum.”


Hugh Bronson, a member of the Berlin parliament for AfD told RT that the tragedy would be followed …

EU agrees on tougher gun laws amid increased terror threat

© Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters


EU states have reached an agreement on stricter gun controls following a wave of attacks which have terrorized Europe over the past two years. The move aims to limit the means by which extremists could obtain deadly weapons legally.
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The EU Commission announced that 28 members reached a political agreement with the European Parliament to tighten gun control laws which have been in place since 1991. The debate on stricter gun control measures has persisted since 2015, following the Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead.

“After a year of discussions, the European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional political agreement on the Firearms Directive,” the commission said in a press release.

The main changes to the Firearms Directive include placing a ban on semi-automatic firearms.

These include automatic firearms transformed into semi-automatic firearms, long semi-automatic firearms of length less than 60cm, long semi-automa…

HOW MANY LIVES WILL THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA CLAIM IN THE PURSUIT OF PROPAGANDA?

Written by Brian Kalman exclusively for SouthFront

Immediately following the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, it is important to take note of the role that western mainstream media played in his death. What we know at this point is that the assassin, Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, shot the Ambassador multiple times in the back, and shot him again after he collapsed to the floor. The assassination occurred in front of an audience of the press, at the official opening of an art exhibit meant to express the nuanced history of Turkish-Russian relations over the ages. The assassin’s words were immortalized in front of the cameras, and they are important to review in full:


“Allahu Akbar!”

“Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria! Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!”

“You will not be safe!”

“Back up! Back up!” (directed at someone moving towards him.)

“Only death can take me away from here. Whoever has a role in this cruelty, they will pay for it…

U.S. ARMY ARMORED VEHICLE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY (MILITARY ANALYSIS)

The Future Combat System gives way to Mobile Protected Firepower Written by Brian Kalman exclusively for SouthFront;Brian Kalman is a management professional in the marine transportation industry. He was an officer in the US Navy for eleven years. He currently resides and works in the Caribbean. On October 12, 1999, then acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Eric Shinseki, outlined his vision of the future of the U.S. Army when he stated that it must be, “light enough to deploy, lethal enough to fight and win, survivable enough to return safely home . . . and lean and efficient enough to sustain themselves whatever the mission.” His comments echoed the desire of Donald Rumsfeld, acting Secretary of Defense the following year, to totally transform the U.S. Military into a force that could deploy and fight faster than ever before, anywhere in the world, and that could leverage new technologies and information systems as force multipliers that would ensure that this lighter an…