An Italian foreign fighter was repatriated on after being arrested in Syria, ANSA news agency reports. (Image above: illustration).
Samir Bougana, (25) from Moroccan origin, allegedly first fought with militias affiliated to Al Qaeda and then with ISIS.
An arrest warrant for Bougana was issued for the crime of association with terrorism after Brescia prosecutors opened an investigation into his activities in 2015. He is suspected to have reached the war zone in 2013 from Germany. His repatriation was fulfilled in cooperation between the Italian authorities and the FBI, who contacted the Kurdish-Syrian forces that Bougana surrendered to in August 2018.
Bougana was born in Gavardo, near Brescia, and lived in Italy until he was 16 before moving to Germany with his family.
The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous vote approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across Syria to allow aid access to the population.
The UN Security Council demands in the resolution that “all parties cease hostilities without delay and engage immediately to ensure full and comprehensive implementation of this demand by all parties, for a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout Syria.”
The ceasefire will enable “safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services and medical evacuations of the critically sick and wounded, in accordance with applicable international law.”
However the cessation of hostilities will not apply to military operations against the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front, which is also outlawed in Russia, and other terrorist groups. The military operations against these groups will continue, TASS news agency reports.
NATO is aiming at establishing a new anti-terrorism hub in Naples, Italy, which will serve as a base for monitoring threats growing along the alliance’s southern borders. The Secretary General, Jens Stontenberg confirmed to move on with the plans “as soon as possible” witout mentioning the date.
“This will help us to coordinate information on crisis countries such as Libya and Iraq, and help us address terrorism and other challenges stemming from the region,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at the start of two days talks with NATO defense ministers 15-16 February at NATO headquaters in Brussels.
The plan is the NATO’s response to growing terrorist threat in Libya, and Maghreb. Five years after the Colonel Gaddafi assassination the country became a playground to multiple terroristic groups: Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Ansar Al-Sharia and others.