Initial reports of two explosions preceded by gunshots and shouting in Arabic In Brussels’s city airport followed by an explosion in a subway station state that up to 30 people have been killed, with more than 230 injured.
The airport has been shut down. Reuters has reported that a suicide attacker was involved. Belgian officials have confirmed a suicide attack was involved. The attacks were reportedly carried out at the American Airlines check-in desk. 11 people were killed, and 81 injured in the Zaventem airport attacks.
Another explosion was reported at a subway station in the city after the airport attacks. The city has now shut down subway transportation. 15 were killed, and 55 injured in the subway attack.
Salah Abdelsam, a suspect in the Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris late last year, was arrested days ago in Belgium’s capital city.
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UPDATE 4:44 - OBAMA GOES TO BASEBALL GAME IN CUBA WITH LEFT-WING ESPN ALLIES
President Barack Obama discusses unfolding events following the Islamic terrorist attacks in Brussels from a baseball game in Havana, Cuba.
UPDATE 4:20 - THE VIEW AGREES WITH TRUMP?
Left-wing racial agitator Sunny Hostin said, "I am so tired of seeing this senseless death. I thought Donald Trump sounded really reasonable today." "Because we need to be forceful, we can't have these muted responses to terror. I thought Hillary Clinton came out with what seemed to be a very muted response."
Hostin continued in crediting Trump with speaking about Islamic enclaves deemed as "no-go zones" in the Belgian capital.
"Let me also say this about Donald Trump, you know we trash him often here. Bottom line is, in January of this year, he said, 'Brussels is a hell hole. There is something going on, Maria, and it is not good. Where they want Sharia law. Where they want this. Where they want that. You know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. You go to Brussels, I was in Brussels a long time ago, twenty years ago, so beautiful, everything was beautiful. Now it's like living in a hell hole.' He said that in January, so he called this," exclaimed Hostin.
"I can't believe I'm feeling this way, but [Donald Trump] seems reasonable today!" said Hostin.
UPDATE 3:13 - #STOPISLAM TOP TWITTER TREND IN U.K.
UPDATE 2:44 - CLINTON: BUT I HELPED GET OSAMA BIN LADEN!
Flexing her national security bona fides Hillary Clinton claimed to have assisted in guiding President Barack Obama's "gutsy call" to liquidate Osama Bin Laden.
On the subject of identifying Islamic terrorism as such, Clinton dismissed the linguistic games as "semantics," stating that the term implies that Americana the broader West is at warm with Islam and Muslims in their totalities.
UPDATE 2:33 - MORE VIDEO FROM WITHIN THE AIRPORT AFTER THE ATTACK
UPDATE 2:23 - CLINTON: WE NEED MORE CONTROL OF THE INTERNET
Pointing to online recruitment of Muslims to the cause of Islamic terrorism, Hillary Clinton broadly called for expansion of law enforcement powers with respect to internet communications.
Essentially demanding that intelligence efforts be made harder, better, and faster, Clinton neglected to touch on irresponsible immigration and multiculturalism politics enshrined across Europe. Also ignored was any examination of the overlap between Islamic terrorism, Islam, and Muslims.
With nebulous rhetoric about "intensifying and broadening" counterterrorism efforts against ISIS, Clinton struggled to call for improved counterterrorism operations without slighting President Barack Obama.
UPDATE 2:16 - BERNIE SANDERS FORGETS TO BLAME "CLIMATE CHANGE"
Changing an earlier position in which he connected climate change and global terrorism, "democratic socialist" Senator Bernie Sanders called for international unity to combat ISIS in a short statement about the Islamic terrorist attacks in Brussels.
UPDATE 2:11 - LEFTISTS GRANDSTANDING AND VIRTUE SIGNALING
Hungry for attention, leftists are always pushing banal platitudes in the streets of Brussels.
UPDATE 2:07 - THIRD BOMB FOUND AND DESTROYED
Authorities found a third bomb at the airport, which they destroyed in a controlled demolition.
UPDATE 2:00 - GEERT WILDERS: BRUSSELS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Leaders of the Dutch Party For Freedom Geert Wilders warned that the Islamic terrorist attacks in Brussels are a taste of the future for Europe.
“I fear that we ain’t seen nothing yet. According to Europol 3,000 to 5,000 European jihadists, who went to Syria to fight in the ranks of IS and similar terrorist groups, have meanwhile returned to Western Europe. Some of them hid among the hundreds of thousands of Islamic asylum seekers that entered Europe from Asia and Africa."
“Two of last November’s terrorist in Paris had fought in Syria. So had the terrorist who, last August, attempted to attack the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. So had the two terrorists who, in January 2015, massacred the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo. So had the terrorist who, in May 2014, shot four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels”.
UPDATE 1:50 - THE GUARDIAN BLAMES EVERYTHING BUT LEFTISM ITS DANGEROUS IMMIGRATION POLICIES
Aptly describing Belgium as a "weak state" as a result of its bifurcated sense of nationality along linguistic lines - it is essentially a trilingual state - an op-ed at The Guardian makes no mention of irresponssible left-wing immigration and multiculturalism policies.
Given its status as a neo-Marxist newspaper, it also ignores the subject of "political correctness," in which examination of the overlap between Islamic terrorism, Islam, and Muslims is forbidden.
UPDATE 11:47 - CRUZ: "THIS IS A WAR"
"Today's attacks in Brussels underscore that this is a war. This is not an isolated incident. This is not a lone wolf. This is a war with radical Islamic terrorism. ISIS has declared Jihad on Europe and on the United States of America. They have declared their intention to murder as many innocents as possible, and it is long past time that we had a president who will acknowledge this evil, will call it by its name, and utilize the full force and fury of the United States to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, to defeat ISIS."
UPDATE 11:32 - JEFFREY GOLDBERG DEFENDS OBAMA'S HONOR ON TWITTER
In spite of President Barack Obama's inability to countenance the reality of Islamic terrorism, left-wing sycophant and editor at The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg defends his leader's honor in the face of criticism from a somewhat hawkish national security intellectual.
Obama's speeches can change the world for the better, according to Goldberg.
UPDATE 11:27 - MORE VIDEO OF AFTERMATH FROM CNN
UPDATE 11:15 - SITE SAYS ISIS WILL CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY
Rita Katz, head of the SITE intelligence group says ISIS will claim responsibility for the Islamic terrorist attacks in Brussels.
UPDATE 10:40 - OBAMA SAYS A FEW WORDS, NOT INCLUDING "ISLAMIC/ISLAMIST/MUSLIM"
With a small fraction of the passion displayed when chasing phantoms of "systemic and institutional racism," racism briefly commented on the Islamic terrorist attacks in Brussels while speaking in Cuba.
"Before I begin, please indulge me. I want to comment on the terrorist attacks that have taken place in Brussels. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium, and we stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. We will do whatever to necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible, and this is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together, regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world."
UPDATE 10:35 - NUCLEAR PLANT IN EASTERN BELGIUM EVACUATED
UPDATE 9:55 - FORMER DHS HEAD: BLOCKING ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION IS "PREPOSTEROUS"
Speaking with Fox and Friends, Michael Chertoff claimed that lack of assimilation of Muslims was a driving force behind Islamic terrorism, seemingly attributing differences between the social policies and cultures of America and European countries for the differences in rates of "radicalization" between the countries.
With respect to Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from immigrating and visiting, Chertoff described the idea as "presposterous."
"The idea that you can identify people who are at risk (for becoming Islamic terrorists) based upon their religion or the way they look is completely fallacious," said Chertoff.
UPDATE 9:46 - HUFFINGTON POST WORRIED ABOUT INCONVENIENCE TO OBAMA'S POLITICS
Top political editor at socialist outpost The Huffington Post, Sam Stein, takes to Twitter to express his frustration with political inconveniences to President Barack Obama's endeavors in Cuba resulting from the Islamic terrorist attacks in Brussels.
UPDATE 9:34 - KARL ROVE: "WE DO A PRETTY GOOD JOB" OF SCREENING IMMIGRANTS
Fox News Channel political guru Karl Rove asserts that American authorities are effective at screening persons who enter the country lawfully. He then claims that the Islamic terrorist attacks in Brussels are evidence of the essentialness of NATO.
UPDATE 9:24 - CNN ANALYST: 25 AGENTS NEEDED TO TRACK 1 JIHADIST
Peter Bergen, a terrorism analyst with left-wing CNN, reports that French authorities need about 25 agents per Islamic terrorist for the purposes of monitoring and surveillance. Specifically referring to Islamic terrorists returning to France after assisting Jihadist movements like ISIS, he notes that this amounts the need for thousands of agents across Europe for this sole purpose.
UPDATE 9:13 - LEFT-WING POLITICO EDITOR PANICKING OVER DONALD TRUMP
Intuitively knowing that Islamic terrorism runs contrary to his publication's left-wing narratives, one of left-wing Politico's editors shows his fear on Twitter.
UPDATE 9:05 - MORE VIDEO FROM INSIDE THE SUBWAY TUNNEL AFTER ATTACK
UPDATE 8:59 - TERRORISM ANALYST: "THE NEW NORMAL" FOR EUROPE
Paul Cruikshank, a terrorism analyst at left-wing CNN, declared this and other Islamic terrorist attacks across Europe over recent years as "the new normal."
Stating that about 6000 Muslims had left Europe to join Islamic terrorist movements like ISIS in Syria and Iraq, without about 1500 returning afterwards, Cruikshank surmises that European intelligence services are overwhelmed... they cannot handle the necessary surveillance and monitoring of trained Jihadists.
UPDATE 8:31 - LAURA INGRAHAM: "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS" GETS PEOPLE KILLED
Ingraham wonders how many more people have to sacrificed on the left-wing altar of "political correctness" before reasonable measures are taken to defend against Islamic terrorism.
UPDATE 8:18 - FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE: 'CLIMATE CHANGE' BIGGER THREAT THAN TERRORISM
Left-wing Foreign Policy magazine bolsters its leftism with this tweet from eight o'clock this morning.
UPDATE 8:05 - DONALD TRUMP: "IT'S NOT OUR FAULT. IT'S THEIR FAULT."
Preemptively rejecting neo-Marxist narratives blaming Islamic terrorism on income inequality, racial/ethnic/religious discrimination via "Islamophobia", social marginalization, or "global warming/climate change," and Republicans, Donald Trump tells Fox And Friends that the fault for these mass murders lies with the perpetrators and their supporters.
"That's the problem with the liberal policies of [Belgium] and this world. It's acting like it's our fault. It's not our fault. It's not our fault, okay? It's their fault."
Segment begins at 10:08.
UPDATE 7:54 - "WE ARE AT WAR"
French Prime Minister (not its head of state) Manuel Valls declares, "We are at war."
UPDATE 7:38 - FLASHBACK: GOP RESPONSES TO DONALD TRUMP PROPOSED BAN ON ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION AND VISITATION
With the exception of Senator Ted Cruz, virtually all of the Republican front-runner's opponents in December castigated the proposed temporary ban on non-American Muslims entering the country as immigrants or visitors.
UPDATE 7:26 - BELGIUM EXPORTS CHOCOLATE AND ISLAMIC TERRORISTS
About 25% of Islamic terrorists joining ISIS from Europe are from Belgium and France.
Belgium exports a "disproportionate amount of Jihadists," and is connected with many terrorist attacks across the continent.
UPDATE 7:18 - PRIORITIES FROM PARIS'S MAYOR
No word yet on a counterterrorism hashtag campaign from the Obama Administration.
UPDATE 7:08 - DONALD TRUMP IS AWAKE
UPDATE 6:54 - VIDEO FROM WITHIN THE SUBWAY TUNNEL
UPDATE 6:46 - MANGLED RAILCAR IMAGE GOES VIRAL
UPDATE 6:39 - SHORT VIDEOS OF PERSONS EXITING THE AIRPORT FROM SKY NEWS
UPDATE 6:37 - AN IMAGE FROM INSIDE THE SUBWAY TUNNEL
UPDATE 6:23 - MUSLIM AGITATORS PUSHING "PALESTINIAN" CAUSE AT E.U. HEADQUARTERS
UPDATE 6:03 - FLASHBACK: ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACK IN BRUSSELS ON MAY 24, 2014
About two years ago, an Islamic terrorist named Mehdi Nemmouche murdered three people at a Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital.
UPDATE 6:00 - ISLAM IN BELGIUM
According to Wikipedia, Muslims account for approximately 7% of Belgium's population. In Brussels alone, they account for 25% of the capital city's population.
UPDATE 5:55 - VIDEO OF PEOPLE FLEEING THE BRUSSELS AIRPORT
UPDATE 5:48 - IMAGES FROM THE AFTERMATH
UPDATE 5:45 - BARACK OBAMA DESCRIBES TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS AND ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AS "EXTREMISTS"
UPDATE 5:40 - FLASHBACK TO HILLARY CLINTON
UPDATE 5:38 - VIDEO FROM SECURITY CAMERA SHOWS FLASH OF EXPLOSION