Ask the questions about right-wing terrorists that we ask about Islamist militants

After a “lone wolf” Islamist militant attack, the media invariably ask: What inspired him to kill? Usually the answer is found in Islamist militant propaganda. We need to ask the same question about right-wing terrorism.

🌍 Ask the questions about right-wing terrorists that we ask about Islamist militants, Max Boot (Washington Post)

Children in the Levant

According to intelligence estimates, there are around 1,400 European children in Syria and Iraq, many of them born there. The fate of these children confronts European governments with moral, legal, political, diplomatic and security dilemmas. Governments are divided over the issue, but almost all are reluctant to address it head-on.

🌍 Thomas Renard, Rik Coolsaet (Security Policy Brief Egmont)

Reassessing Belgium’s “Failed” Counterterrorism Policy

Belgium has earned a bad name in counterterrorism circles, with critics charging that its security services did too little too late when it came to disrupting the Islamic State and other groups on Belgian soil. The tragic terrorist attack in Brussels two years ago, however, marked a turning point.

🌍 Thomas Renard, Rik Coolsaet (Lawfare)

Far From Winding Down, Syria’s War Escalates on Multiple Fronts

Since the rout of the Islamic State last year, and steady government advances against other insurgent groups, a misperception has grown abroad that the Syrian war is winding down. Instead, the carnage is reaching a new peak.

🌍 Far From Winding Down, Syria’s War Escalates on Multiple Fronts, Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad (New York Times)