Prince Charles discovers “…a fantastic explosion of bigger and bigger fish”

Prince Charles normally talks to plants. He likes to dress up in Arab robes and likes to hang out with Soddy Barbarians. He’s never been to Israel “out of fears it would anger Arab allies”.

Prince Charles praises jihadi pirates for scaring off fishermen: “fantastic explosion for bigger and better fish”

This is like praising the 9/11 hijackers for increasing visibility in Manhattan.

“Prince Charles hails PIRATES for an ’explosion’ in marine life due to scared fisherman,” by Joseph Carey, Express, October 6, 2017:

PRINCE CHARLES has praised ocean pirates for scaring off fishermen that has led to a “fantastic explosion for bigger and better fish”.

Speaking at an ocean conservation conference in Malta, the Prince of Wales stirred up controversy by praising Somalian pirates for scaring off trawler crews to create a greater wealth of marine life.

The Royal said: “As a result, there hasn’t been any fishing there for the last ten or 15 years. And from that, there has been a fantastic explosion of bigger and bigger fish.”– more below the fold…..

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With Highest Jihadist Per Capita Rate in EU, Belgium Moves To Repatriate Children Taken to Islamic State

Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units), backing the Iraqi forces, stand in front of a mural depicting the emblem of the Islamic State (IS) group as troops advance through Hawija on October 5, 2017, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Iraqi forces retook one of the Islamic State group's last two enclaves in the country on October 5, overrunning the longtime insurgent bastion of Hawija after a two-week offensive. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) – The mass retreat of the Islamic State group from its territories in Syria and Iraq has left Europe grappling with the risk of foreign fighters returning home.

But in Belgium, authorities are also turning their attention to repatriating children stranded in the war zones.

With an estimated 500 citizens who have reached or attempted to reach the conflict zones, Belgium has the highest number of jihadists per capita in the EU.

The government has said there are at least 100 Belgian children under 12 years currently in Syria, who were either born there or were taken to the country with an adult.

In May, a Belgian jihadist took his three-year-old daughter to Syria without the knowledge of her mother, despite being under electronic surveillance.

Justice Minister Koen Geens said the children are usually brought home via Turkey under the protection of Belgian police officers.

He revealed that Belgium and NATO partner Turkey had set up a gathering point on Turkish territory for those children wanting to come back, usually but not necessarily with their mothers.

“Fourteen children have returned,” said Interior Minister Jan Jambon, “11 of them under six years old.”

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– ‘Small’ threat from children –

The flow of foreign fighters to the conflict zone has partly reversed since the IS group’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria began crumbling in the last year under assault from regional, US-backed and other foreign-backed forces.

An EU report in December said a third of the estimated 5,000 European jihadists who went to Syria and Iraq had returned to Europe, and some may have orders to carry out attacks.

An unspecified number of wives and children have also returned to their homes throughout Europe, with officials concerned that they too could be planning violence.

Jambon told lawmakers last month that the chances are “relatively small” that children so young have been radicalised.

But he said these children would probably need psychiatric and other follow-up care to recover from traumas they might have suffered during the conflict.

Such support must constantly be “refined” to ensure the children settle properly into Belgian life, prosecutors from Belgium, France, Spain and Morocco said at a meeting this week in Dutch-speaking Flanders.

Until now, children’s aid officials in French-speaking Wallonia told AFP that they have cared for only four children in a specialised educational centre.

Under Belgian law, a judge must review cases of children who are at least 12 and have committed an offence in war zones, but this has not yet happened in the region.

That is a signal to some observers that the Belgian government has not done enough to try to help bring back its citizens from the Middle East battlegrounds.

– ‘Complex problem’ –

“It’s a complex problem. What can we do? Dispatch teams to identify the children? If the parent is dead, his nationality may be difficult to ascertain,” a senior security official said on condition of anonymity.

“In Turkey, Belgium provides consular services to help with repatriation, which is not the case in Syria and Iraq,” the official said.

“But the minor will have first had to cross the border.”

Bahar Kimyongur, a Belgian researcher who works with UN human rights experts, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a key to the solution, at least for children stranded in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

“Erdogan has support through the Turkmen brigades. The Turks have lots of contacts and room for manoeuvre,” Kimyongur told AFP.

The Turkish army is due to deploy in Idlib with Russian and Iranian forces to restore security to the province in line with the Astana accords.

Through his family and other contacts on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border, Kimyongur helped two mothers, a French and a Belgian, bring back their young children.

The last case grabbed the Belgian media spotlight and prompted an emotional outpouring as the country waits for the return of another child.

Prince Charles & fish:

Since delivering his contentious comments, two former military members have lashed out at the Prince for his apparent endorsement of Somalian gangs.

Ex-SAS trooper and anti-piracy expert Phil Campion and ex-soldier Stephen Beardsley have both called the Royal out for his unethical endorsement.

Mr Campion stated: “These are nasty gangs doing extreme harm, not worrying about life.

“There’s a few extra fish. Compare that to people’s lives lost, it’s insensitive. If Charles thought about it he’d have a change of heart.”

Mr Beardsley echoed the statement by the former SAS trooper: “They aren’t friendly, never mind environmentally friendly.”

Five Britons have been captured by Somalian pirates who have launched 103 attacks on ships since 2012.

Maritime stats state that 1,753 people have been taken hostage by pirates worldwide with 12 being killed….

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