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A disclosure by The Washington Post on Monday that President Trump had shared highly classified intelligence information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week sent a new wave of improbability and consternation across the nation.

That shockwave gained intensity Tuesday when it was reported that Israel provided the information that Trump boasted about to the Russians. A bad situation, including diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Israel, its chief ally and intelligence source in the Middle East, just got worse.

According to the report, Israeli officials could not confirm this information about Trump’s conversation from a former American official familiar with the incident. In a statement, Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., said, “Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump.”

It will be curious to see how this development plays in Israel and other countries during Trump’s first trip abroad.

Although the extent of the breach is yet undetermined, it appears Trump revealed “code-word information” related to threats from ISIS provided by a U.S. ally in the region. At the moment it is not clear who the source is but the Russians have enough information to possibly pinpoint it.

The Washington Post apparently obtained the story from attendees at the meeting with the Russians, although Trump aides, including National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said the president did not reveal any information that was not already publicly known.

Even so, Trump tweeted in the aftermath of the revelation that he, as president, had every right to declassify information. “As President, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump said in two tweets Tuesday morning. “Humanitarian reasons. Plus, I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS terrorism.”

In the troubled Middle East, including Syria, the U.S. and Russia are not always on the same page. Russia seems more intent in protecting Assad’s regime than in stifling the impact of ISIS or ISIL. On the other hand, the U.S. supplies support to the rebels fighting against ISIS and to the opponents of the Syrian government.

Trump’s meeting with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, came in the wake of his firing FBI Director James Comey, giving the turn of events an even deeper intrigue, particularly as it relates to the ongoing investigation of the Russians’ possible involvement in the last presidential election.

Moreover, there was a tweet from Trump that bordered on threatening Comey as a potential witness to the Russian investigation as well as the extent to which his meeting with Comey was taped in the White House.

Trump’s meeting and divulging classified information has historical irony when you consider how vehement he was about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and his charge that she was a “crook” who needed to be jailed.

This recent action has even disturbed members of the GOP. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), appearing Tuesday on MSNBC said, “It’s not helpful that this was with the Russians, right? I mean this is just weird. We and the Russians do not have aligned interests.”

Sasse went on to say that the Russians “want to exacerbate our internal distrust of each other, they want to fracture NATO.”

Bronx Assemblyman and a vice chair of the DNC, Michael Blake, said, “If this is true, the revealing of classified information by President Trump to Russians is appalling and unconscionable on many levels. The release of information endangers the lives of people, further erodes trust and weakens our intelligence capabilities. Furthermore, it only helps corroborate the suspicion that he is in collusion with the Russian government.”

He cited Trump’s action as “one of the greatest betrayals by a president” and he joined the outcry from a number of his colleagues in the demand for a special prosecutor to investigate the “Trump ties to Russia because enough is enough.”

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/may/18/trump-trips-again/


Whilst the old venue, Felix Meritis, is being renovated…

Article source: https://djmag.com/news/amsterdam-music-events-moves-new-venue-2017


ADE has a new location this year.

Due to major renovations at its old HQ, Felix Meritis, this October will see the global electronic music event relocate to the DeLaMar Theater in the heart of Amsterdam.

Last year, 2,200 artists, 550 speakers and almost 1000 events took place in 140 venues over the five days. Thanks to the new location, the move will allow the event to bring previously separately-housed events such as ADE Dance Brands under one roof.

Also announced, in this year’s ADE Global View, the 2017 panel program is coming together with Morocco to celebrate the rising club scene and heavy festival line-ups flourishing in the North African country. ADE’s conference schedule will cover the, “growing electronic scenes in South America, Africa and parts of Asia where musicians are mixing local sounds with dance floor beats”, according to the press release.

The 22nd edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event takes place October 18 to 22. Find out more here.

Jasmine Kent-Smith is Mixmag’s Digital Intern. Follow her on Twitter

Article source: http://mixmag.net/read/amsterdam-dance-event-reveals-new-venue-plus-spotlight-focus-on-morocco-news


Could you have been flown from Newcastle to Amsterdam by a KING?

KLM certainly lives by its Royal Dutch Airlines name as the Dutch king has confirmed he has been working as a pilot for Holland’s airline for 21 years.

King Willem-Alexander told Dutch daily De Telegraaf that he has ended his role as “guest pilot” on KLM’s Cityhopper fleets, where he flew Fokker 70 planes for more than two decades.

The Fokker 70s are used on short haul journeys, and have been flown from Newcastle to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

The king flew on services twice a month but has now decided to give up his side-gig, with KLM phasing out the Fokker 70 aircraft he is qualified to fly.

He would have to retrain to fly newer, bigger aircraft to stay on as a KLM pilot. Flying larger planes means overnight stops, so he would have to spend more time outside of the Netherlands and would not be able to shoot back quickly to attend to emergencies.

King Willem-Alexander ascended to the Dutch throne in 2013, after Queen Beatrix abdicated.


The 50-year-old father of three, whose Royal Residence is in Amsterdam, describes flying as a “hobby” that lets him forget about his royal duties.

He told De Telegraaf “that, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying”.

ChronicleLive has contacted KLM to find out of the monarch has ever hauled passengers from Tyneside to Holland.

Article source: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ever-flown-klm-newcastle-amsterdam-13054383


In the girls meet, the Spartans finished with 146 points to earn the victory. South Glens Falls (91 points) was second, Amsterdam (63) was third, Scotia-Glenville (59) was fourth and Hudson Falls (53) was fifth. Gloversville placed sixth with 46 points, Johnstown was eighth with 39.33 points and Broadalbin-Perth was ninth with 26 points.

In the boys meet, Queensbury finished with a winning total of 140.66 points. Scotia-Glenville (89.50) was second, South Glens Falls (78.33) was third, Amsterdam (75) was fourth and Broadalbin-Perth (63.5) was fifth. Johnstown was seventh with 38 points and Gloversville was 10th with 6 points.

Amsterdam’s Kevon Boucaud won three events in the boys meet.

Boucaud won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 23-3, which broke his own school record of 22-9 1/2. which was set at the Kiwanis Bi-County Invitational earlier this spring.

Boucaud also won the 100 meters with a school-record time of 10.73 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in Section II history behind Hudson’s Winston Lee, who ran 10.56 seconds in 2013.

Boucaud also won the 200 meters, posting a time of 22.03 seconds.

Amsterdam’s Marcos Santiago won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.85 seconds, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Chris Wagner (16.68) was third.

Santiago also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.10. Broadalbin-Perth’s Jacob Bunker (1:03.13) was fourth and Gloversville’s Jackson Peck (1:03.45) was fifth.

Wagner won the pole vault for B-P with a height of 12-6.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Jeff Derwin won the shot put and discus.

In the shot put, Derwin won with a throw of 51-5 3/4. B-P’s John Coddington (39-11 1/2) was sixth.

Derwin won the discus with a throw of 152-10 1/2, while Johnstown’s Thomas Lizio (113-7 1/2) was fifth.

Luis Rodriguez (11.69 seconds) was fifth in the 100 meters for Amsterdam. He also placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.07 seconds.

Amsterdam’s Misael Gomez was second in the 400 meters with a time of 52.57 seconds.

Johnstown’s Nick Frasier won the high jump with a height of 6-4, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Sean Meher (5-8) was fifth.

Frasier also placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 41-4 1/2.

Johnstown’s Christian Solby (2:05.36) was third in the 800, while Brandon Mraz (10:58.65) was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Joey Vitalis (4:57.63) was sixth in the 1,600.

Gloversville’s Skyler Reed (11:05.87) was sixth in the 3,200 and fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:12.01.

In the pentathlon, Broadalbin-Perth Kolbe Waldvogel was fourth with 2,113 points and B-P’s Niko Mancini (2,111) was fifth.

In the 400 relay, Broadalbin-Perth (45.60 seconds) was second and Amsterdam (46.12) was fourth.

Amsterdam as third in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:36.83. Johnstown (3:39.28) was fourth, Broadalbin-Perth (3:40.51) was fifth and Gloversville (3:40.91) was sixth.

In the 3,200 relay, Amsterdam was second with a time of 8:46.93. Johnstown (8:50.91) was third and Broadalbin-Perth (9:01.32) was fourth.

In the girls meet, Brenda Santana and Edena Sanchez posted wins for Amsterdam.

Santana won the 200 meters with a time of 26.45 seconds. She also placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.98 seconds.

Sanchez won the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.68. Johnstown’s Molly Lake was fourth with a time of 2:34.45.

Lauren Santiago (27.65 seconds) was fourth in the 200 and second in the 400 (1:01.92) for Amsterdam, while Olivia Lazarou was second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:56.19

Broadalbin-Perth’s Gabrielle Larsen (6:35.14) was second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, while Johnstown’s Katie Romano (6:55.75) was sixth.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Victoria Laurange was second in the pentathlon with a total of 2,101 points, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Tesa Brody (1:06.73) was sixth in the 400.

Johnstown’s Aylene Newman (12:03.22) was fourth in the 3,000 meters.

Gloversville’s Madison Fancher was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.69 seconds, while Johnstown’s Abigail Gottung (17.01) was fifth.

Gottung (1:06.69) also placed second in the 400-meter hurdles, while Fancher (1:11.56) was third. Johnstown’s Molly Sear (1:12.05) was fourth.

Madison Fancher also placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5-0, while Gloversville’s Sierra Fancher (4-10) was fourth.

Sierra Fancher also was third in the pole vault with a height of 8-0, while Johnstown’s Alayna Gray (7-6) was fourth.

Gloversville’s Brianna Port (15-10) was third in the long jump, while Amsterdam’s Emma Gomez (15-3) was sixth.

Sear was third in the triple jump for Johnstown with a leap of 33-7 1/2, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Hailey Parrotti (33-3) was fifth.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Caitlin Palmateer (75-3) was sixth in the discus.

In the 1,600 relay, Amsterdam’s Sanchez, Santana, Lazarou and Santiago won with a time of 4:07.92. Johnstown (4:16.52) was third and Broadalbin-Perth (4:32.54) was sixth.

In the 400 relay, Gloversville (53.53) was fourth and Broadalbin-Perth (54.41) was sixth.

Amsterdam was third in the 3,200 relay with a time of 10:47.55. Broadalbin-Perth (10:49.86) was fourth and Johnstown (10:50.48) was fifth.

CSC Championships

SAUQUOIT — The Dolgeville boys and girls track and field teams both finished fourth at the Center State Conference Division I Championships on Wednesday.

In the girls meet, Clinton won with a total of 186.5 points, while Holland Patent was second with 131. Dolgeville was fourth with 61 points.

Emma Bilinski was second in the shot put and discus for the Blue Devils.

She posted a throw of 94-6 in the discus and a throw of 27-8 in the shot put. M.J. Dellabarca-Barnes (26 8 1/2) was fourth in the shot put for Dolgeville.

Alexis Smith (28.86) was fourth in the 200 meters for Dolgeville. She also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.66 seconds.

Bobbi Jo Hall (4-6) was second in the high jump for the Blue Devils and fourth (7-6) in the pole vault.

In the triple jump, Ryanne Williams (33-0) was second for Dolgeville and Sarah George (32-4 3/4) was third.

Dolgeville (54.32) also was third in the 400 relay.

In the boys meet, Clinton won with a total of 179 points, Holland Patent (108) was second, West Canada Valley (100.5) was third and Dolgeville (68) was fourth.

Anthony Chromczak won the 100 meters for the Blue Devils with a time of 11.84 seconds, while Aasin Claus (12.09) was fifth.

Cole Harlow won the shot put for Dolgeville with a throw of 45-0. He also placed third in the discus with a throw of 115-8.

Dolgeville’s Anthony Randall was second in the 200 meters with a time of 24.40 seconds, while Joshua Seeberger (2:11.82) was third in the 800.

Jake Baisley (4:52.72) was fourth in the 1,600 for Dolgeville and third (11:19.35) in the 3,200.

Dolgeville won the 400 relay as the team of Shaun McGraw, Zach Carpenter, Claus and Randall posted a time of 47.29 seconds.

Charles Harshbarger (12-0) was third in the pole vault for the Blue Devils, while David Pierce (1,824 points) was second in the pentathlon.

Article source: http://www.leaderherald.com/sports/local-sports/2017/05/track-field-roundup-rams-boucaud-wins-three-events-at-foothills-meet/


ADE has a new location this year.

Due to major renovations at its old HQ, Felix Meritis, this October will see the global electronic music event relocate to the DeLaMar Theater in the heart of Amsterdam.

Last year, 2,200 artists, 550 speakers and almost 1000 events took place in 140 venues over the five days. Thanks to the new location, the move will allow the event to bring previously separately-housed events such as ADE Dance Brands under one roof.

Also announced, in this year’s ADE Global View, the 2017 panel program is coming together with Morocco to celebrate the rising club scene and heavy festival line-ups flourishing in the North African country. ADE’s conference schedule will cover the, “growing electronic scenes in South America, Africa and parts of Asia where musicians are mixing local sounds with dance floor beats”, according to the press release.

The 22nd edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event takes place October 18 to 22. Find out more here.

Jasmine Kent-Smith is Mixmag’s Digital Intern. Follow her on Twitter

Article source: http://mixmag.net/read/amsterdam-dance-event-reveals-new-venue-plus-spotlight-focus-on-morocco-news


Upon returning to New York City on May 21, 1964, after his hajj to Mecca, Brother Malcolm X picked up right where he left off when he departed several weeks earlier, on April 13. As his understanding expanded, he took on various attributes that reflected his growth and development throughout his short time on this physical plane. The new experiences overseas heightened his social and spiritual awareness, and he added to his name once more.

“Hajj is a title given to any Muslim who makes the pilgrimage to Mecca during the official hajj season,” brother El Hajj Malik El Shabazz explained during a May 1964 New York City news conference.

After being born in Omaha, Neb., May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little resided at various locations in Michigan while in foster care. During February 1941, he moved in with his sister, Ella Collins, in Boston. Two years later he migrated to Harlem, NY and became enamored with the fast-paced hustle of the city’s underworld, where he was known as Detroit Red.

While incarcerated in the Massachusetts prison system for burglary (February 1946 until August 1952), he began studying the teachings of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad under the doctrine of the Nation of Islam and was known as Malachi Shabazz.

After his release from prison, he formally became known as Minister Malcolm X, and shortly thereafter headed NOI temples in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Harlem and other cities for the next decade.

“We were all up in the Hotel Teresa with Malcolm X before he left to the airport when he went to make hajj in Mecca,” recalled Eye God Allah, one of the infamous Blood Brothers mentioned in Malcolm’s autobiography. “We all stood and did a prayer for him to make a safe journey.”

After announcing his exodus from the NOI on March 8, 1964, Malcolm traveled to Saudi Arabia and Africa, and while delivering a lecture in Ghana on May 13, he revealed how he had been bestowed with another attribute by his continental comrades.

“When I was in Ibadan at the University of Ibadan last Friday night, the students there gave me a new name, which I go for—meaning I like it. ‘Omowale,’ which they say means in Yoruba—if I am pronouncing that correctly, and if I am not pronouncing it correctly it’s because I haven’t had a chance to pronounce it for 400 years—which means in that dialect, ‘The child has returned.’ It was an honor for me to be referred to as a child who had sense enough to return to the land of his forefathers—to his fatherland and to his motherland.  Not sent back here by the State Department, but come back here of my own free will.”

He continued, “I’ve always had the name Malik El Shabazz on my passport, [However,] I only used it in the Muslim world. I’ll probably continue to use [the name] Malcolm X as long as the situation that produced it continues to exist … so I remain Malcolm X as long as there is a need to struggle, protest and fight against the injustices our people are involved in, in this country.”

For the remainder of his physical life he was still a Muslim, yet he also focused on advocating Black nationalism and the power the people possessed, and he began planning to charge the United States with human rights violations against African-Americans at the United Nations.

The 52nd annual pilgrimage to Ferncliff Cemetery in Westchester County, where the bodies of Malcolm X and his wife Betty are interred, departs from the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard this Friday at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to gather at 9 a.m.

On returning to Harlem, the December 12th Movement will conduct their 28th annual “Black Power Shut’em Down!” economic boycott, which forces all businesses along 125th Street to close their doors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in a mighty display of self-determination.

Harlem’s Schomburg Center and the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Educational Center also have events throughout the weekend.

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/may/18/malcolm-x-whats-name/


May 2017 –  The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the LondonSEO networking drinks on Tuesday, 23rd May, following day one of SMX London.

“We are really proud to be sponsoring the LondonSEO networking drinks taking place next week,” said Shona ODonnell, Event Director at iGaming Business.

“We have met some amazing people through attending this event and they have become some of the igaming industry’s biggest speakers and affiliates. We are excited to extend our reach into this community and would love to take this opportunity to invite delegates to join us at the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference this summer.

Amsterdam Affiliate Conference to sponsor LondonSEO networking drinks after SMX London“The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference offers incredible business networking and learning opportunities unlike any other event outside the iGaming Business portfolio.”

LondonSEO, which started in 2005, is one of the longest running meetups. With networking events being held every quarter, it’s a long-standing tradition for digital marketers to meet, have fun, drink far too much and make new friends in the industry.

This year, LondonSEO has teamed up with SMX London and organised the networking drinks after day one of the conference at Williams Ale Cider House, near Liverpool Street station.

“We are delighted to have the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference as our solo sponsor for the upcoming LondonSEO event in May 2017,” said Team LondonSEO.

“LondonSEO is a networking event for internet marketing professionals of all sorts (not just SEOs!) to have fun, drink and make new friends in the industry.

“We always work with high quality conferences and gather the most talented digital marketers in town, to make sure that people make great contacts and really enjoy the night.”

All attendees of the LondonSEO networking drinks are invited to the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, which is taking place on the 11th – 14th July 2017. The event is a dedicated conference and exhibition for affiliates and introducing brokers in the igaming and retail finance sectors, and includes two days of conference and exhibition, and multiple networking opportunities.

AAC 2017 will attract 4,500 attendees – which includes 2,000 affiliates, over 150 sponsors and exhibitors and some of the best speakers in the industry, including: Bastian Grimm, Managing Director, Peak Ace AG; Christoph C. Cemper, Founder CEO, LinkResearchTools, Link Detox and Impactana; Martin Calvert, Marketing Director, Blueclaw; Andrew Edwards, Managing Director, Madabout Media Ltd and Nick Duddy, Founder, Miratrix.

The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference is free to attend and is a part of the iGB Affiliate event series, which includes the London Affiliate Conference and Berlin Affiliate Conference.

For more information, please visit: www.AmsterdamAffiliateConference.com

For more information, please contact:

Square in the Air Communications
David Bartram
+44 (0) 20 3586 1978
david@squareintheair.com

About iGB Affiliate

 iGB Affiliate is the affiliate-facing brand of iGaming Business. It organises the three biggest affiliate events in the industry – LAC, AAC and BAC – as well as the recently-announced Nordic Affiliate Conference. Its conferences provide the platform for affiliates to learn from the industry’s best during dedicated conference schedules, and meet affiliate managers from major and rising operators both on the exhibition floor and during well-attended networking events.

The affiliate conferences are the only place you can network with large volumes of affiliates at once. For operators, the conferences are vital to growing their affiliate networks. iGB Affiliate also provides the free iGB Affiliate magazine. With high quality content and strong digital and print followings, it continues to be the only dedicated magazine in the affiliate industry.

About the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference

The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference (AAC) is organised by iGaming Business under the iGB Affiliate brand. The event is part of a series of affiliate conferences and expos which began as CAP Euro in January 2007, and has grown from 600 attendees to over 4,000 attendees in just over 10 years, making it the biggest igaming affiliate event in the sector. This rapid success has come about by keeping true to a simple philosophy: “Put Affiliates First”, which is the backbone of the events. For more information on the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, please visit www.AmsterdamAffiliateConference.com or for information on iGB Affiliate please visit www.iGBAffiliate.com.


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Article source: https://calvinayre.com/2017/05/18/press-releases/amsterdam-affiliate-conference-sponsor-londonseo-networking-drinks-smx-london/


May 2017 –  The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the LondonSEO networking drinks on Tuesday, 23rd May, following day one of SMX London.

“We are really proud to be sponsoring the LondonSEO networking drinks taking place next week,” said Shona ODonnell, Event Director at iGaming Business.

“We have met some amazing people through attending this event and they have become some of the igaming industry’s biggest speakers and affiliates. We are excited to extend our reach into this community and would love to take this opportunity to invite delegates to join us at the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference this summer.

Amsterdam Affiliate Conference to sponsor LondonSEO networking drinks after SMX London“The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference offers incredible business networking and learning opportunities unlike any other event outside the iGaming Business portfolio.”

LondonSEO, which started in 2005, is one of the longest running meetups. With networking events being held every quarter, it’s a long-standing tradition for digital marketers to meet, have fun, drink far too much and make new friends in the industry.

This year, LondonSEO has teamed up with SMX London and organised the networking drinks after day one of the conference at Williams Ale Cider House, near Liverpool Street station.

“We are delighted to have the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference as our solo sponsor for the upcoming LondonSEO event in May 2017,” said Team LondonSEO.

“LondonSEO is a networking event for internet marketing professionals of all sorts (not just SEOs!) to have fun, drink and make new friends in the industry.

“We always work with high quality conferences and gather the most talented digital marketers in town, to make sure that people make great contacts and really enjoy the night.”

All attendees of the LondonSEO networking drinks are invited to the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, which is taking place on the 11th – 14th July 2017. The event is a dedicated conference and exhibition for affiliates and introducing brokers in the igaming and retail finance sectors, and includes two days of conference and exhibition, and multiple networking opportunities.

AAC 2017 will attract 4,500 attendees – which includes 2,000 affiliates, over 150 sponsors and exhibitors and some of the best speakers in the industry, including: Bastian Grimm, Managing Director, Peak Ace AG; Christoph C. Cemper, Founder CEO, LinkResearchTools, Link Detox and Impactana; Martin Calvert, Marketing Director, Blueclaw; Andrew Edwards, Managing Director, Madabout Media Ltd and Nick Duddy, Founder, Miratrix.

The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference is free to attend and is a part of the iGB Affiliate event series, which includes the London Affiliate Conference and Berlin Affiliate Conference.

For more information, please visit: www.AmsterdamAffiliateConference.com

For more information, please contact:

Square in the Air Communications
David Bartram
+44 (0) 20 3586 1978
david@squareintheair.com

About iGB Affiliate

 iGB Affiliate is the affiliate-facing brand of iGaming Business. It organises the three biggest affiliate events in the industry – LAC, AAC and BAC – as well as the recently-announced Nordic Affiliate Conference. Its conferences provide the platform for affiliates to learn from the industry’s best during dedicated conference schedules, and meet affiliate managers from major and rising operators both on the exhibition floor and during well-attended networking events.

The affiliate conferences are the only place you can network with large volumes of affiliates at once. For operators, the conferences are vital to growing their affiliate networks. iGB Affiliate also provides the free iGB Affiliate magazine. With high quality content and strong digital and print followings, it continues to be the only dedicated magazine in the affiliate industry.

About the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference

The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference (AAC) is organised by iGaming Business under the iGB Affiliate brand. The event is part of a series of affiliate conferences and expos which began as CAP Euro in January 2007, and has grown from 600 attendees to over 4,000 attendees in just over 10 years, making it the biggest igaming affiliate event in the sector. This rapid success has come about by keeping true to a simple philosophy: “Put Affiliates First”, which is the backbone of the events. For more information on the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, please visit www.AmsterdamAffiliateConference.com or for information on iGB Affiliate please visit www.iGBAffiliate.com.


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Cowering under desks and running for their lives, this is the terrifying moment passengers were caught up in an ISIS suicide bomb attack at Brussels Airport today in a series of blasts that have killed at least 34 people and injured 170 across the city.

Witnesses described apocalyptic scenes with blood and ‘dismembered bodies everywhere’ after two blasts rocked the terminal at around 8am (7am GMT), killing at least 14 people and injuring dozens of others.

Then 79 minutes later at 9.19am, at least 20 people were killed and scores injured, some critically, when a blast hit a Metro station just 400 metres from the EU headquarters in the city centre.

At the airport, there were reports of a firefight between police and the attackers who shouted in Arabic moments before detonating their bombs, one of which was understood to contain nails.

An unexploded suicide vest was later found in the rubble and a Kalashnikov rifle beside the body of a dead terrorist. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

The blasts, which detonated near a Starbucks and several check-in desks, sent shockwaves through the terminal building, shattering windows and knocking roof tiles off the ceiling as terrified passengers ran for their lives.

The explosions, coming just four months after the Paris attacks, have left countries around the world reeling, with security services placed on high alert, flights cancelled, Eurostar services suspended and France’s border with Belgium shut down. 

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Passengers shield themselves under bags as smoke and debris fill the terminal in the moments after the twin blast at Brussels Airport

Passengers shield themselves under bags as smoke and debris fill the terminal in the moments after the twin blast at Brussels Airport

Terrified passengers run for their lives in a cloud of smoke moments after the explosions ripped through the terminal

Terrified passengers run for their lives in a cloud of smoke moments after the explosions ripped through the terminal

A man runs for cover: Witnesses described apocalyptic scenes with blood and 'dismembered bodies everywhere' after the two blasts

A man runs for cover: Witnesses described apocalyptic scenes with blood and ‘dismembered bodies everywhere’ after the two blasts

A terrified passenger cowers under a check-in desk moments after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suicide bomb attack today

A terrified passenger cowers under a check-in desk moments after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suicide bomb attack today

An person is carried to safety as troops helped the injured and secured the area after the explosions in the terminal building

An person is carried to safety as troops helped the injured and secured the area after the explosions in the terminal building

A police officer directs passengers in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport after two explosions ripped through the terminal

A police officer directs passengers in a smoke filled terminal at Brussels Airport after two explosions ripped through the terminal

Fires burn among bags and debris as passengers flee the terminal in the immediate aftermath of two explosions at the check-in desks

Fires burn among bags and debris as passengers flee the terminal in the immediate aftermath of two explosions at the check-in desks

Carnage: At least eleven people have died and several injured after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a suspected terror attack

FIRST ATTACK: At least 14 people have died and dozens injured after two explosions rocked Brussels Airport in a terror attack today

Obliterated: Ceiling tiles and debris are littered across the floor of the terminal building after twins blast rocked the check-in area

Obliterated: Ceiling tiles and debris are littered across the floor of the terminal building after twins blast rocked the check-in area

Injured passengers are covered in blood and dust after the explosions in the terminal building

Shocking: Injured passengers are covered in blood and dust after the explosions rocked the terminal building at Brussels Airport

Explosion: The image above is being used by the Belgian media who claim this is the damage caused by the bomb at the Maelbeek Metro station in central Brussels yesterday. It has not been verified by the authorities but is being widely circulated on social media.

SECOND ATTACK: The image above is being used by the Belgian media who claim this is the damage caused by the bomb at the Maelbeek Metro station in central Brussels 79 minutes after the first attack. It has not been verified but is being widely circulated on social media 

Aftermath: A man lies stricken on the pavement as survivors kiss in relief after surviving the bombing at the Metro station in Maelbeek

Aftermath: A man lies stricken on the pavement as survivors kiss in relief after surviving the bombing at the Metro station in Maelbeek

Two suspects were arrested a mile from the Maelbeek metro station at around 11am as hundreds of troops and police flooded the streets

Two suspects were arrested a mile from the Maelbeek metro station at around 11am as hundreds of troops and police flooded the streets

Two men are pinned to the floor and handcuffed by police as soldiers stand guard near the North station in central Brussels

Two men are pinned to the floor and handcuffed by police as soldiers stand guard near the North station in central Brussels

TIMELINE OF TERROR: HOW THREE BOMB BLASTS ROCKED BRUSSELS

8am: Two explosions rock Zaventem Airport killing 14 people near the check-in desks

8am onwards: Terrified passengers seen streaming out of the terminal building in Brussels while flights are diverted to other airports

8.30am: Witnesses describe blasts so powerful that victims were thrown in to the air

9.19am: A third bomb blast rips through Maalbeek Metro station killing 20 more people

9.23am: Eurostar services in and out of Brussels are suspended

11am: Belgian prosecutors Fredere Van Leeuw confirmed that the three explosions were terror attacks

11am: Two suspects arrested one mile away from Metro Station blast

12pm: A Kalashnikov and unexploded suicide bomb vest are found in the rubble at the airport 

Two suspects were arrested a mile from the Maelbeek metro station at around 11am as hundreds of troops and police flooded the streets of Brussels in the hunt for members of the terror cell.

Soldiers have been also been deployed at the airport and other key locations across the capital.

The Tihange nuclear power plant, around 90km from the capital, is being evacuated of all non-essential staff as Belgium raised security to its maximum level. 

The bombings come just a day after the Belgium Interior Minister warned of possible revenge attacks after the arrest of Paris massacre suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city on Friday. 

Yesterday, a secret police dossier also revealed there could be up to 90 ‘kamikazes’ waiting to launch suicide bomb attacks in Europe after returning from Syria disguised as migrants.

Speaking today, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said: ‘What we feared has happened. 

‘In this time of tragedy, this black moment for our country, I appeal to everyone to remain calm but also to show solidarity.’ 

Terror gripped the airport at around 7am local time (8am GMT) as passengers checked in their bags and prepared to board flights. 

Photographs from inside the arrivals hall showed the floor covered in fallen tiles and dust as bloodied people hobbled out of the airport. Others injured were photographed lying on the floor.

Video showed terrified passengers running for their lives out of the building. 

Firefighters who entered the terminal to search for survivors are said to have found a third unexploded device, while armed police in protective clothing combed the building for more wounded travellers and suspicious bags. 

The British Foreign Office today confirmed two Britons were injured in the explosions, while three American missionaries from Utah are believed to have been seriously hurt.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘Embassy staff are providing consular assistance to two injured Britons and are ready to support any further British nationals that have been affected. 

‘British nationals should follow the advice of local security authorities and check our travel advice for updates.’

A Belgian TV station is reporting that at least one of the bombs at the Brussels airport contained nails. 

Broadcaster VTM interviewed Marc Decramer of the Gasthuisberg hospital in Leuven, who says the hospital is treating 11 people with serious injuries, three of them in critical condition.

Decramer says the wounded have fractures and deep cuts caused by flying glass and nails. 

Samir Derrouich, who works at a restaurant in the airport, told MailOnline: ‘The two explosions were almost simultaneous. 

‘They were both at a check-in desk. One was close to the Starbucks. It was awful. There was just blood. It was like the apocalypse.’ 

Dries Valaert, 30, was waiting to get his boarding pass from a check in desk when the blast struck.

He said: ‘There was a first blast and then ten seconds later a second explosion. It was a big, big blast, the ceiling went down. It was just 30 metres from where I was.

‘I saw people down on the ground and I just went running. I jumped over the security fences towards the departure gates as I thought it would be safer. 

‘My first intuition was to get out in case their were attackers with guns. I saw a woman around 18 years old with a hole in her hand with blood pouring out and a man with an injured ankle and two people down. There was lots of panic. People were running all over the place.’

Mr Valaert, who was flying to a business meeting in Berlin, said he believed the bombs were hidden in suitcases that had just been checked in. 

He said: ‘The explosions were just behind the service desks, they were blown towards us. To me it is the most realistic possibility. I don’t think it was someone with a suicide vest.’

A soldier walks through debris after two explosion rocked a terminal building at Brussels Airport

A soldier walks through debris after two explosion rocked a terminal building at Brussels Airport

Debris litters the floor after two explosion rocked a terminal building at Brussels Airport

A man lies injured in the terminal

Firefighters search the terminal for explosives and survivors (left) as a man lies injured on the terminal floor

A man lies injured on the floor after two explosions detonated near the American Airlines check-in desk

A man lies injured on the floor after two explosions detonated near the American Airlines check-in desk

Hundreds of terrified passengers ran from the terminal, some of them covered in blood, after the blasts rocked the building at 8am

Shouts in Arabic were reportedly heard before the explosions which sent shockwaves through the terminal building, shattering windows

Shouts in Arabic were reportedly heard before the explosions which sent shockwaves through the terminal building, shattering windows

Survivors wrapped in blankets leave the scene of explosions at Brussels-Zaventem airport in the wake of the suicide bomb blasts

Survivors wrapped in blankets leave the scene of explosions at Brussels-Zaventem airport in the wake of the suicide bomb blasts

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Blown out: The explosions sent shock waves through the terminal building, shattering windows and knocking roof tiles off the ceiling

‘IT WAS LIKE THE APOCALYPSE… YOU COULD SEE BODIES BUT NO LEGS’: SURVIVORS DESCRIBE HORRIFIC SCENES 

Terrified passengers have told how there was ‘just blood’ everywhere after this morning’s bomb blast at Brussels Airport and likened horrific aftermath to ‘the apocalypse’.

Blood-soaked passengers sprinted for their lives as smoke filled the area near the check in desks.

One witness struggled to hold back tears as he described victims who had lost their legs lying in pools of blood in the airport’s main hall. 

Evacuated passengers are  ferried onto buses and driven to a 'crisis centre' away from the airport, with women and children moved first

Evacuated passengers are ferried onto buses and driven to a ‘crisis centre’ away from the airport, with women and children moved first

Alphonse Youla, who was working on a stand putting security wrapping around suitcases, said: ‘I heard a man shout some Arabic words then an explosion.. then a second explosion, a massive explosion, much bigger.

‘It was a horror. I saw at least seven people dead. There was blood. People had lost legs. You could see their bodies but no legs.’

Others described seeing ‘dismembered bodies everywhere’ and the ceiling collapsing after two blasts rocked the building.

Just 90 minutes later a blast hit a Metro blast hit the Maelbeek area of Brussels claiming another 20 lives.

Two women comfort each other as passengers and staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport

Two women comfort each other as passengers and staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport

Samir Derrouich, who works at a restaurant in the airport, said: ‘The two explosions were almost simultaneous. They were both at check in desk. One was close to the Starbucks. It was awful. There was just blood. It was like the apocalypse.’

Dries Valaert, 30, was waiting to get his boarding pass from a check in desk.

He said: ‘There was a first blast and then ten seconds later a second explosion. It was a big big blast, the ceiling went down.

‘It was just 30 metres from where I was. I saw people down on the ground and I just went running.

‘I jumped over the security fences towards the departure gates as I thought it would be safer. My first intuition was to get out in case their were attackers with guns.

‘I saw a woman around 18 years old with a hole in her hand with blood pouring out and a man with an injured ankle and two people down. There was lots of panic. People were running all over the place.’

Air stewardesses look shocked as they flee the terminal building in the wake of the suspected suicide bombing

Air stewardesses look shocked as they flee the terminal building in the wake of the suspected suicide bombing

Jef Versele, 40, from Ghent, Belgium, was at the airport when he heard the two explosions.

‘I was on my way to check in and two bombs went off – two explosions,’ he said.

‘I didn’t see anything. Everything was coming down. Glassware. It was chaos it was unbelievable. It was the worst thing.’

He added: ‘People were running away, there were lots of people on the ground. A lot of people are injured.’

Martin Buxant tweeted how a witness had told him: ‘We saw bodies go up in the air and then falling down heavily.’

Stunned: Staff walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the building in Brussels

Stunned: Staff walk away from Brussels airport after explosions rocked the building in Brussels

Two blasts detonated near the American Airlines check-in desk at Brussels Airport at 8am (7am GMT) in a suspected suicide bombing

Alphonse Youla, who was working on a stand putting security wrapping around suitcases, said: ‘I heard a man shout some Arabic words then an explosion… then a second explosion, a massive explosion, much bigger.’

Speaking with blood on his hands and struggling to hold back tears, he added: ‘It was a horror. I saw at least seven people dead. There was blood. People had lost legs. You could see there bodies but no legs.’

He added: ‘I saw two men face down with blood pouring out of their heads. The injuries were so awful. You cannot imagine. People were so injured.

‘I did not see the man who shouted in Arabic as he was behind me. I just heard the words. I don’t speak Arabic so I don’t know what he said.’ 

In the aftermath, thousands of people waiting for flights this morning were penned inside the terminal as police sealed off the shattered arrivals hall.

People already checked in were then slowly evacuated through emergency exits – but were told to leave all their hand luggage as police checked bags for more explosives.

Evacuated passengers are being ferried onto buses and are being driven to a ‘crisis centre’ away from the airport, with women and children being moved first.

All flights are being diverted from the airport this morning as it remains on lockdown. 

Flights due to land at Brussels-Zaventem, which handles 21million passengers a year, were sent to Antwerp, Liege, and Brussels Charleroi airports. 

Europe’s biggest airports are all increasing their security today. Heathrow confirmed it had stepped up its own ‘visible’ security in the wake of the attacks – with large units of armed police patrolling the airport this morning. 

American Airlines confirmed that its planned flight from Brussels to Philadelphia in the US, which had been scheduled to depart at 9.40am had been cancelled in the wake of the blasts. 

A spokesman said: ‘We are aware of an incident at the Brussels airport departure hall and are taking care of our customers, employees and contractors. At this time, all of our employees and contractors are accounted for with no reported injuries.

‘American Airlines flight 751 has been cancelled for today. When operations at the airport resume, we will re-accommodate our customers.’

WAS FUGITIVE PARIS ‘BOMB MAKER’ BEHIND THE BRUSSELS BLASTS? TERROR EXPERT CLAIMS USE OF ‘MULTIPLE EXPLOSIVE DEVICES’ BEARS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF THE ISIS CELL THAT KILLED 130 IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL

The suspected bombmaker responsible for the Paris massacre was almost certainly behind today’s Brussels blasts, a top terror expert has claimed.

And the Brussels cell had ‘multiple, viable explosive devices’ indicating possibly more than one experienced bombmaker, according to Rafaello Pantucci. 

Mr Pantucci, the Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute, said information surrounding the ‘mystery bomb maker’ Najim Laachraoui, who is believed to have gone on the run since Salah Abdeslam’s capture, is very sketchy.

Naiim Laachraoui, also known as Soufiane Kayal, left for Syria in 2013 before returning to Europe last year and travelled around the Continent with logistics chief Salah Abdeslam

Police issued this photograph of Najim Laachraoui, one of the suspects of the Paris terror attacks

Police issued this photograph of Najim Laachraoui, one of the suspects of the Paris terror attacks who has gone on the run

He said: ‘We don’t know much about him at this point. This individual is being identified as a bomb maker but we have concerns whether that is 100 per cent true or if he’s one of a number of bomb makers.

‘This terrorist group in Brussels had multiple, viable explosive devices. It suggests they were dealing with someone with substantial experience.

‘That could be the same person responsible for the bomb devices in the Paris attacks but it could be someone else, part of a larger cell.

‘Given the location and the nature and the use of explosives and guns the thought process goes down the page of assuming it’s linked to the organised network around Abdeslam.

‘We can’t be sure but it would be surprising if it wasn’t the same group.’

A friend of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who masterminded the November 2015 Paris attacks, told police that the jihadi claimed he was among 90 terrorists who smuggled themselves across the Mediterranean with migrants and refugees. 

Bravery: People are treated, comforted and given water by the emergency services as they help the wounded

Bravery: People are treated, comforted and given water by the emergency services as they help the wounded

Second attack: A person lies injured on the floor after an explosion was heard at the Metro station in the centre of Brussels

Second attack: A person lies injured on the floor after an explosion was heard at the Metro station in the centre of Brussels

Rescue effort: A Maelbeek victim is carried on to a stretcher as Brussels is hit by a string of bombings

Rescue effort: A Maelbeek victim is carried on to a stretcher as Brussels is hit by a string of bombings

Evacuation: Those on the tube network were evacuated from smoke-filled tunnels and walked along the tracks to the nearest station

Evacuation: Those on the tube network were evacuated from smoke-filled tunnels and walked along the tracks to the nearest station

Commuters in the Metro described a bang, and a rush of air that made their ears pop before they tore open the train doors and walked down the track to the closest station

Commuters in the Metro described a bang, and a rush of air that made their ears pop before they tore open the train doors and walked down the track to the closest station

Panic: Commuters in the Metro described a bang, and a rush of air that made their ears pop before they tore open the train doors and walked down the track to the closest station

Brussels Airport has announced it will be closed until at least Wednesday following two explosions in the departure hall. 

Terrorists then blew up a crowded Metro station in the city centre at around 9.19am, killing at least 10 people and seriously injuring dozens more.

Shocking images from Maelbeek station show smoke pouring out of the building and casualties littered on the pavement outside, just 400metres from the EU’s headquarters.

Commuters on the Metro at the time described hearing a loud bang before they were evacuated from trains and forced to walk down smoke-filled tunnels and along the track to the closest safe station.

Emergency services at the scene were carrying the dead and injured out of the station on stretchers.  

Alexandre Brans, 32, who was wiping blood from his face, said: ‘The metro was leaving Maelbeek station when there was a really loud explosion. It was panic everywhere. There were a lot of people in the metro.’ 

Brussels resident Shigeo Sugimoto said he was one stop away from where the metro was hit and heard people shouting.

He wrote on Facebook: ‘I am fine !! But I was in the metro when suddenly some one start shouting explosions!!! Evacuation!!!

‘Ouch!!! I was just one station ahead before when explosion happened!!!!!!!!’

He posted pictures showing cars and people standing in the road and wrote: ‘Maerbeek (sic) now apocalypse!!!’ 

Mr Sugimoto said he saw a man with blood on his face in the vicinity of Maelbeek station in the EU quarter, near the European Commission’s main building.

He was at Arts-Loi station, one ahead of Maelbeek, and told the Press Association: ‘On the ground, there were already people walking every direction to distance (themselves) from metro and the Belgian army were there trying to make people calm.

‘I saw a guy, blood over his face, dragged by another person. Then police start blocking the street and I could only see ambulances go and come.’ 

Evan Lamos was among the thousands of commuters on tube trains this morning when the network was attacked.

He was on two stops away from Maelbeek and the passengers on his train were evacuated from the carriages into a smoke-filled tunnel and then walked along the tracks to the exit at the nearest station.

He said: ‘There was a dull thud. We felt a blast of air and my ears popped shortly afterwards. The Metro stopped immediately’. 

The Belgian Interior Minister has raised the country’s security level to ‘maximum’ as it prepares itself for more terror attacks in the wake of the airport bombings. 

Second attack: Around 90 minutes after the airport blasts, there were reports of an explosion at a  station (pictured) in the centre of the city

Second attack: Around 90 minutes after the airport blasts, there were reports of an explosion at a station (pictured) in the centre of the city

Lockdown: Rue de la Loi, which runs outside the station, is sealed off by police and emergency services in the wake of the 9.19am attack

Lockdown: Rue de la Loi, which runs outside the station, is sealed off by police and emergency services in the wake of the 9.19am attack

The hashtag #PrayForBelgium was trending online, while other social media users posted images like the one above showing solidarity

The hashtag #PrayForBelgium was trending online, while other social media users posted images like the one above showing solidarity

Armed police have already arrested three suspects in the hours after the attacks and already have CCTV of one of the Brussels airport bombers including the moment he detonated his suicide belt, MailOnline can reveal.

Every space in the city’s airport is covered by four CCTV cameras and Maelbeek station’s surveillance network is also being used to pinpoint the moment that 20 people were murdered and 55 were maimed 79 minutes later.

Two men were detained by armed police at the North Station around a miles from the Maelbeek subway.

A third man has been arrested on a train near Amsterdam and a suspect package at Gard du Nord in Paris delayed Eurostar services this afternoon. 

But the Belgian Foreign Ministry has confirmed they believe some of the terrorists involved are ‘still at large’. 

Police and special forces are looking for known members of any terror cell who may be planning more attacks. 

They will also round up anyone who may pose a threat to the public, or acting suspiciously, in an attempt to foil any more attacks.

Special forces are also patrolling the streets in case of more bombings or marauding gunmen used to kill 131 people in at least five Paris attacks in November 13 last year.  

Britain and United States will already be playing a key role in trying to help the Belgian authorities work out who was behind the attacks.

Both MI5 and the CIA have stations in Brussels and its teams have ‘unique expertise’ that will help trace those behind the bombings.

The National Crime Agency, Britain’s FBI, will also be in the city already because of the heightened terror threat.

British Prime Minister David Cameron offered his support to victims and called a COBRA emergency committee meeting to address the events in Brussels.

He tweeted: ‘I am shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels. We will do everything we can to help.

‘I will be chairing a COBRA meeting on the events in Brussels later this morning.’ 

U.S. President Barack Obama said: ‘The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people in Belgium.

‘We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people.

‘We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium to bring to justice those who are responsible.

‘This is just another example 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.’ 

Tech specialists will be scanning the phone numbers, email addresses, IP addresses, GPS records and forums known to be used by terrorists – and tracing links to Britain and America. 

The explosions came as the Belgian capital was on a state of high alert following the arrest of Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam in the city last week.

Belgium’s Interior Minister, Jan Jambon, said the country was on high alert for a possible revenge attack following the capture of 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam in a flat in Brussels on Friday.

‘We know that stopping one cell can… push others into action. We are aware of it in this case,’ he told public radio. 

Salah Abdeslam (left), one of the most wanted men in Europe, has been wounded and caught by police (right, an officer at the scene of the raid

Police officers bundle out a man, thought to be Abdeslam

Salah Abdeslam (left), one of the most wanted men in Europe, did plan to carry out a suicide bomb attack at the Stade de France. However, his lawyer claims the French prosecutors’ statement alleging Abdeslam’s involvement breached his client’s confidentiality

The moment of capture as Abdeslam is snared by armed officers following a tense siege in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels

The moment of capture as Abdeslam is snared by armed officers following a tense siege in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels

Something appears to drop from inside the trouser leg of Salah Abdeslam as he is arrested by police and bundled into a car

Something appears to drop from inside the trouser leg of Salah Abdeslam as he is arrested by police and bundled into a car

France is seeking Abdeslam’s extradition so he can stand trial for his alleged role in the November 13 rampage of gunfire and suicide bombings that killed 130 people in Paris.

After the Paris attacks, security forces searched far and wide for Abdeslam, who vanished after returning to Brussels, believing ISIS could have spirited him away to Turkey, Syria or Morocco.

But it appears Europe’s most wanted man never left the Belgian capital.

And it was family, friends and petty criminals who helped him evade a manhunt for four months before he was arrested on Friday in the neighbourhood he grew up in, not far from his family home or the district’s police headquarters. 

Abdeslam relied on two friends to drive him back to Brussels after his brother Brahim blew himself up at a Paris cafe. Others drove him around Molenbeek and its environs between safe houses.

Police, who were eventually able to move in to seize him at a house in the rundown North African neighbourhood of Molenbeek, have charged a man and a women whom they suspect of being part of a family who harboured the fugitive. 

It is understood that intelligence services located the fugitive’s hideout after listening in on phone conversations at the funeral of his brother, Brahim Abdeslam, who blew himself up in the Paris attacks.

One mourner is thought to have let slip vital information which allowed police to close the net around Abdeslam in Molenbeek.

They finally snared him after they noticed a large number of pizzas being delivered to a flat they had under surveillance – too many for the number of people who should have been in the apartment. 

He was interviewed three times on Saturday, the day after his capture – once by prosecutors and twice by an investigating judge – and ‘wasn’t in great shape’ because he had been shot in the leg by police during his capture, Mr Van Leeuw said. 

Abdeslam has a court hearing on Wednesday. France has requested his extradition but Abdeslam’s lawyer says his client will fight the request.

Police are also hunting a newly-identified ISIS suspect whose DNA was found on bombs used in the Paris terror attacks.

The accomplice was named today as Najim Laachraoui, a militant previously known by the pseudonym Soufiane Kayal which he used to rent a flat where the massacre was planned.

He left for Syria in 2013 before returning to Europe last year and travelled around the Continent with logistics chief Salah Abdeslam and another senior member of the cell in the days before the attacks.

CCTV images released today by Belgium Federal Police shows Najim Laachraoui, who was previously identified in a false passport as Soufiane Kayal, during a money transfer on November 17 - four days after the Paris terror attack - in a Western Union bank in the Brussels

CCTV images released today by Belgium Federal Police shows Najim Laachraoui, who was previously identified in a false passport as Soufiane Kayal, during a money transfer on November 17 - four days after the Paris terror attack - in a Western Union bank in the Brussels

CCTV images released today by Belgium Federal Police shows Najim Laachraoui, who was previously identified in a false passport (pictured) as Soufiane Kayal, during a money transfer on November 17 - four days after the Paris terror attack - in a Western Union bank in the Brussels

New suspect: CCTV images (left and centre) released today by Belgium Federal Police shows Najim Laachraoui, who was previously identified in a false passport (right) as Soufiane Kayal, during a money transfer on November 17 – four days after the Paris terror attack – in a Western Union bank in the Brussels

Other CCTV images released by Belgium Federal Police shows Paris suspect Mohamed Belkaid, who is believed to have used the alias Samir Bouzid, in the same branch of Western Union on the same day as Laachraoui. Belkaid was shot dead two days before Abdeslam's capture in a police raid

Other CCTV images released by Belgium Federal Police shows Paris suspect Mohamed Belkaid, who is believed to have used the alias Samir Bouzid, in the same branch of Western Union on the same day as Laachraoui. Belkaid was shot dead two days before Abdeslam's capture in a police raid

Other CCTV images released by Belgium Federal Police shows Paris suspect Mohamed Belkaid, who is believed to have used the alias Samir Bouzid, in the same branch of Western Union on the same day as Laachraoui. Belkaid was shot dead two days before Abdeslam's capture in a police raid

Other CCTV images (left and centre) released by Belgium Federal Police shows Paris suspect Mohamed Belkaid, who is believed to have used the alias Samir Bouzid (right), in the same branch of Western Union on the same day as Laachraoui. Belkaid was shot dead two days before Abdeslam’s capture in a police raid

Prosecutors revealed traces of the 24-year-old’s DNA were found on explosives at the scene of the suicide bomb attacks, suggesting he could be a bomb maker or armourer. 

The announcement came as a secret police dossier revealed there could be up to 90 ‘kamikazes’ waiting to launch suicide bomb attacks in Europe after returning from Syria disguised as migrants.

The report also lifted the lid on just how shocked security chiefs were by the scale and complexity of the ISIS operation that killed 130 people in the French capital last November.

Investigators were caught off-guard by how skilled the attackers were in a range of tactics such as using co-ordinated strikes at multiple locations to place the greatest strain on emergency services.

The sophistication of the explosives used by the cell’s suicide bombers also surprised officials.

Experts say that could only have been achieved with the help of an, as yet unidentified, bomb maker in an, as yet undiscovered, bomb factory. 

The findings were revealed in a 55-page report compiled in the weeks after the attack by the anti-terrorism police for France’s interior ministry, which has been obtained by the New York Times.

The document, along with hundreds of pages of interrogation and court records, suggests there are still questions about how many others were involved in the attacks.

There are already 20 people being held in six countries on suspicion of assisting the attackers, but officials are identifying other accomplices at large almost on a weekly basis. 

The suspected mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was killed in a raid days after the attacks, is said to have bragged about how he was one of 90 terrorists who had gone to ground in Europe until called upon to strike.

The police said the friend had told them: ‘Abaaoud clearly presented himself as the commander of these 90 kamikazes-in-waiting and that he had come directly to France to avoid the failures they had experienced in the past.’

Officials also don’t know how many bomb-makers were sent to Europe after being trained in Syria or the exact encryption technology that allowed the ISIS death squad to evade detection for three months leading up to the attacks when they were planned the atrocity. 

French police began to understand the level of expertise used when they found traces of the same bomb ingredients at each of the places where the suicide vest went off: three times at the Stade de France Stadium, once at the Comptoir Voltaire bistro and twice inside the Bataclan concert hall.

The peroxide-based explosive, known as triacetone triperoxide or TATP can easily be made with everyday products such as bleach or nail polish remover which is why it has become increasingly become the terror group’s explosive of choice.

However, it is difficult to create a stable bomb and equally as tricky to detonate it, suggesting the group had developed their skills over the last two years, the report said.

Until then, they did not believe ISIS was capable of pulling off such a co-ordinated attack.

Dr Natasha Underhill, an expert on terrorism in the Middle East at Nottingham Trent University, said: ‘This was no doubt a warning strike to European leaders and there may be more to come. 

‘The group has time and time again issued statements that it will have no mercy in targeting those who are supporting the US and who are fighting against the group. 

‘The likelihood of further attacks in Europe is now in very little doubt. The promotion of fear is one of the strongest assets that Islamic State possesses and it is sadly doing an excellent job in spreading this message across Europe. 

‘Strong responses and a unified reaction by European leaders and their allies needs to take place. However, care needs to be taken in terms of not overreacting to these events and responding in the most strategic and effective way against this growing threat.’  

Security ramped up at airports and train stations across the world and border between France and Belgium is closed after Brussels terror attacks
 

By LUCY CROSSLEY FOR MAILONLINE

Armed police have been deployed to airports, train stations, ports and border crossings around the world in the immediate aftermath of today’s suspected suicide . 

From New York to Moscow, security measures were stepped up at transport hubs across the globe with police and military personnel carrying out extra high-visibility patrols and additional checks.

The border between France and Belgium was closed, Eurostar services in and out of Brussels were suspended and airlines to and from other destinations were warning passengers of potential disruption as the effects of this morning’s terror attacks were felt around the world.

Train and bus stations, ports and road checkpoints were also put on high alert, with armed police on the streets in major global cities including London and New York, sniffer dogs deployed and extensive border checks put in place.  

An armed policewoman on patrol in Frankfurt Airport in Germany  as security measures were ramped up at transport hubs around the world

An armed policewoman on patrol in Frankfurt Airport in Germany as security measures were ramped up at transport hubs around the world

Travellers stand in a long queue at St Pancras station in London, after all trains in and out of Brussels were suspended this morning

Travellers stand in a long queue at St Pancras station in London, after all trains in and out of Brussels were suspended this morning

London mayor Boris Johnson said there would be an increased security presence at transport hubs in the city, while the country’s most senior counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said police forces across the UK had increased their presence at key locations as a precaution in the wake of the Brussels attacks.

And in the US, the NYPD said it would be increasing security measures at mass transit points, bridges and tunnels, and other landmarks following today’s attacks. 

Police and soldiers carrying guns were also seen at airports in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, while in France – still shaken from the November attacks in Paris – officers remained on high alert.

Troops have also been deployed other key locations across Brussels as Belgium raised its security level to ‘maximum’ in the wake of the attacks.

The entire border between Belgium and France was placed on lock-down, and the Thalys train service – which travels between France, Belgium and the Netherlands – was halted in the wake of the explosions, the operator said.  

Eurostar, which links London with Brussels and Paris via the Channel Tunnel, said no trains are currently running to or from Brussels Midi station. Passengers were being advised to postpone their journeys.

Dutch military police were carrying out additional high-visibility patrols at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam

Dutch military police were carrying out additional high-visibility patrols at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam

Two armed policewoman guard the gateway to the airport in Frankfurt

Two armed policewoman guard the gateway to the airport in Frankfurt

Services had been terminating at Lille in France, before the entire route was suspended – and the train company was looking into instead running a train service between London and Lille.

A spokesman said: ‘We have suspended all services to and from Brussels until further notice. We are looking at running a shuttle service between Lille and Brussels.’ 

A spokesman for travel organisation Abta said British holidaymakers in Brussels should follow the instructions of the Belgian authorities, while those due to travel should contact their transport provider. 

He added that although Belgium is a popular destination for UK visitors, March is ‘one of the quieter months for leisure travel’. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for Brussels.

It issued a statement which read: ‘You should stay away from crowded places and avoid public transport at this time.’

British officials in the city have been given the same instructions, the FCO said.  

Britain’s official terrorist threat level stands at ‘severe’, the second-highest level on a five-point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely.

All flights between the UK and the main airport in Brussels have been cancelled for the rest of today, and Brussels Airlines cancelled 25 flights between UK airports – Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh – and Brussels.

Eight flights between Heathrow and Brussels were cancelled by British Airways.

In London, police were carrying out extra patrols of airports, and advising passengers to check with their airlines before travelling. 

Police officers perform security checks outside Fiumicino Airport near Rome today

Police officers perform security checks outside Fiumicino Airport near Rome today

A Gatwick spokesman said: ‘The safety of passengers and staff at Gatwick is the airport’s absolute priority. As a result of the terrible incidents in Brussels, we have increased our security presence and patrols around the airport.’

A spokesman for Heathrow Airport added: ‘We take the safety and security of our passengers and colleagues very seriously. 

‘In the light of events in Brussels airport, we are working with the police at Heathrow who are providing a high visibility presence. We expect flights to Brussels Airport to be affected and ask passengers travelling there to check their flight status with their airline.’ 

Aeroports de Paris, which operates the Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports, said they were both operating as normal – but that extra security measures brought in following the terror attacks on the city in November were still in place and passengers should continue to allow an extra hour for checks.

France’s top security official,  Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, said the country was reinforcing security at airports, train stations and on metro services, and immediately increased its vigilance after the Belgian attacks. 

France has been on highest alert since the November 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 dead.

The Dutch anti-terror authority said the threat level in the Netherlands was unchanged at ‘substantial’. It said extra security measures would be in place at the country’s airports and borders.

Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said authorities will re-evaluate security at Russian airports. In 2011, a suicide bombing at a Moscow airport killed 37 and injured many more. 

Frank Brehany, consumer director of holiday consumer watchdog www.holidaytravelwatch.com said anyone travelling today should expect to see a heightened sense of police visibility and security measures.

‘We are all used to seeing armed police and military working around airports and I think this will be much more evident today,’ he told MailOnline. ‘It’s a consequence of the times we live in and most reasonable travellers and holidaymakers will accept this sadly – although with a heavy heart.

‘It’s a sign of the times we live in and until such time these issues are resolves this will be something we have to live with.’

He said that passengers travelling around the world today should be aware that they may face disruption such as cancellations and delays, but said those in airports outside of Brussels should still expect to be looked after by their airlines. 

There was a heavy security presence at both Heathrow and Gatwick in London as police carried out high visibility patrols

There was a heavy security presence at both Heathrow and Gatwick in London as police carried out high visibility patrols

Passengers were being advised to give extra time for baggage checks and checking in

Passengers were being advised to give extra time for baggage checks and checking in

‘It’s one of those thorny issues because most people’s thoughts are not on consumer rights at a time like this – but they do still have consumer rights,’ he said.  

‘I don’t think anyone would dispute that these are extraordinary circumstances, but airlines are still obliged to provide passengers with the care they are entitled to.

‘Compensation is a more difficult subject – there will be disruption around Europe, and that could be down to air traffic control in a situation like this. This is akin to an act of God or a force majeure and airlines and passengers weren’t to know something like this was coming.’ 

Raffaello Pantucci, an international security expert for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) said attacks on airport usually suggest an international terrorism plot, as they are high profile targets which can undermine global security.

However, he said it would not surprise him if today’s blasts were linked to the arrest last week of he arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the quartermaster for the Paris massacres.

‘At this point, there has not been a claim of responsibility,’ he said.

‘An airport usually suggests international terrorism, but it would not surprise me if it was linked with the wider community around that network.’

On the issue of airport security, he said: ‘Most airports you cannot get in without layers of security.

‘They have long been targets and they are quite hard targets. The reality is, they are also high profile targets.

‘If you can launch an attack there, you are striking at the international border and getting a lot of attention. 

‘If you attack that, you undermine the global security.’

But he said more security measures could be rolled out at European airports, pointing to countries which have been afflicted by terrorism, like Pakistan.

He said: ‘There is also more you can do. You can push out more security.

‘In international airports, the security really starts a lot earlier, such as when people come to the car park.

‘You see that a lot in the third world, where countries have had problems. The first barrier people have is much further.’ 

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