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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)
The country’s policy towards returning jihadists has evolved, and it has security lessons other countries could learn from. But Belgium also has a long way to go in tackling the problems that helped drive many young people towards ISIS in the first place🌍 Eleanor Beevor (Al Bawaba (Jordan))
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)
As the 70th anniversary of Nakba approaches – when 700,000 Palestinians lost their homes in the wake of the creation of Israel – farming families on the West Bank recount their struggle to survive.🌍 Al Walaja: the Palestinian village being slowly squeezed off the map, Oliver Holmes (The Guardian)
In this Perspective, Rik Coolsaet and Thomas Renard comment on the risks posed by returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters, and examine how Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands have attempted to address these risks.🌍 Rik Coolsaet, Thomas Renard (ICCT)
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)
Two years have passed since terrorists struck at the heart of Brussels, and Belgium has done well in dealing with the threat. However, complacency may be setting in.🌍 Thomas Renard, Rik Coolsaet (RUSI)
Forscher haben die Rückreisewelle aus den IS-Gebieten nach Europa analysiert. Sie
machen deutlich, wie schwierig die Rückkehrer durch die Sicherheitsbehörden zu
beurteilen sind – halten aber auch eine positive Botschaft bereit.
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)