Jihadi terror in Europe

Is Europe now ready to take the necessary political, legal and operational decisions to counter the terrorists?

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January 27, 2015 14:11
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Paris shootings

Ceremony for Paris victims. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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THE KIND of terrorist attacks that struck Paris early in the new year had long been dreaded by the authorities in France, Europe and most of the Western world. The Sydney café siege in December presaged the far deadlier onslaughts in the Charlie Hebdo magazine building, the streets of Paris and the Jewish kosher supermarket.

Intelligence leaked by Western services to the media, dozens of official seminars and hundreds of expert articles predicted a wave of terrorism as a result of thousands of radicalized foreign fighters returning from the Syrian and Iraqi battle fronts. The open threats by ISIS and other jihadist groups as well as the gruesome videos of decapitated hostages on the Internet did not leave much to the imagination.

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