French and Belgian soldiers on the streets because of terrorist threats
PARIS, BRUSSELS, (BM) – In Western Europe, fears are growing both about the next wave of terrorist attacks, just after the events in Nice and Vienna, and about the effects of the second wave of the pandemic, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing InfoSecurity24. Hence, it should come as no surprise that neither the Belgians nor the French give up their military involvement in the city streets.
Belgian soldiers will continue to support policemen in the city streets. The country’s council of ministers extended Operation Vigilant Guardian for another month, even despite earlier announcements by politicians that it was to be terminated. It is also noted that a maximum of 550 military personnel are to be deployed in the streets of Belgian cities, and their operations are to take place from November 3 to December 2 this year.
Of course, the indicated personnel states include not only soldiers who perform their daily service in the area of internal security, but also human resources that can be activated in an emergency. According to Belgian admiral Michael Hofman, on average around 300 soldiers are involved in Operation Vigilant Guardian.
In the case of Belgium, soldiers have been actively involved in supporting police structures since 2015. They patrol key cities as well as support the security of nuclear power facilities and research. The end of Operation Vigilant Guardian has been announced since October this year. Military tasks would be taken over by the local police, federal police and the newly built Directorate of Security (DAB).
At the same time, even before the recent events in Vienna or the recent terrorist attack in Nice, the Belgian side was talking about maintaining the second, on a four-point scale, level of threat. The authorities also emphasize that in the case of a number of locations that are potential terrorist targets, this level increases to the third level.
Also, the French will not stop seeing soldiers on the streets of the cities. In the case of the authorities in Paris, Defense Minister Florence Parly was to confirm the need to mobilize the resources of the armed forces in relation to the two challenges the state was facing in terms of internal security. It is about supporting the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, which has recently gained momentum in France, as well as counteracting acts of terror, such as the one in Nice on October 29 this year.
In the case of the French armed forces, operation Sentinel has been carried out since 2015 in response to the growing terrorist threat. At its peak, commanders could use 10,000. soldiers, including 3 thousand. from reserve. The Defense Minister directly addressed the military personnel working for the army and their families on October 30 that France had the necessary resources to cope with the challenges of today.
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