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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.Max Boot (Washington Post)
Four years of war had dramatically changed the face of the country. For decades, Belgium had been one of the top five industrial powers. But the war and the occupation put a stop to Belgian global expansion: by 1918 the country was devastated, its industrial heritage dismantled. The pre-war illusion that neutrality would protect the land forever had evaporated.
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 placeEleanor 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)
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.Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad (New York Times)
The four-day trial of 28-year-old Salah Abdeslam will not deal directly with the November 2015 attacks that killed 130 people around Paris, but rather a shootout with police months later.Lisa Bryant (Voice of America)
Britain’s unexpected vote in June 2016 to exit the European Union was fueled by a nationwide campaign infused with anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant venom. Then, after a decade without Islamist terrorist attacks, this year Britain has suffered four. Life in London changed.David D. Kirkpatrick (New York Times)