A team of US counter-terrorism experts is reported to have stressed at a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe the need for stricter border control and coast guard to ward off terrorism.
The team led by US Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz called on the Prime Minister on Tuesday evening and briefed him about measures that to be taken by them to counter terrorism after the 9/11 attack. They said terrorists would fear any attempt to infiltrate a country whenever there was rigid border control and coast guard.
The Prime Minister reportedly informed them that the government was planning to establish a counter-terrorism centre to coordinate intelligence operations and take action.
According to a source privy to talks, the US experts said that they had practical difficulties in trying the terrorist suspects, arrested after the 9/11 attack, in civil courts. They said terrorism was not a normal crime to be tried through the ordinary civilian court system, and therefore they had special arrangements to prosecute such suspects.
Also, they shared details about steps taken for upgrading the border control data systems in respect of identified terrorist suspects.
Besides, the US team had found out that National Thowheeth Jama'ath leader Mohamed Zahran had requested the Islamic State to recognize him as its agent for Sri Lanka. The source said the dismantling of the entire terror network maintained by Zahran was seen as an achievement by the US experts.
The IS has now lost territorial control. Therefore, the attack on Sri Lanka is seen as a morale booster for the Islamic terrorists scattered elsewhere in the world. (Kelum Bandara)
jaliya Thursday, 11 July 2019 08:49 AM
This statement by the US experts on terrorism says nothing worthy on the actual situation in sri lanka. Both present and past. The information is given to those who called US experts, has failed to understand the details given were fake and misleading. Yes it was a GIGO situation again "Garbage in .... Garbage Out"
Samare Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:03 AM
Free advice??? No strings attached.
Sando Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:09 AM
US is not needed here. We defeated the LTTE. SF and GR were the winning combination at the time with the Leadership of MR.
Maharaj Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:23 AM
Don’t take these American security experts too seriously. The Americans and scores of other Western countries have been ganging up fighting against a single force in Afghanistan for the last 17 years, still they can’t win the fight.
Neville Jayakody Thursday, 11 July 2019 01:13 PM
US is like our parliamentarians they thrive on peoples misery if not create problems for their gain
jayt Thursday, 11 July 2019 05:20 PM
First dismantle Israel. After that, no terrorist industry
jayt Thursday, 11 July 2019 05:45 PM
ISIS fought by Russia. not US. Syria no need Jewish army in Syria. US is working for Jews interest for further Jewish expansion. Creation of Isis is part of that goal.
neil alwis Friday, 12 July 2019 07:42 AM
yes - from US RATS!!!!!
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