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    Default 46 years of terrorist attacks in Europe, visualized

    A WaPo article, with many graphics; as the sub-title says:
    From 1970 to 2016: 5,215 people died from bombings. 2,463 from assassinations. 2,270 from assaults. 957 from hostage situations. 183 from hijackings. 88 from building attacks. Thousands wounded or missing.
    Link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...ism-in-europe/
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    A WaPo article, with many graphics; as the sub-title says:
    Link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/graph...ism-in-europe/
    All in an effort to portray the spate from the 1990s-on as "normal"...

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    Default Two commentaries

    A lengthy comment on European relations on the 'southern front line', alas only about Morocco and Tunisia.
    Link:http://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summ...sm_cooperation

    The second is shorter by Peter Meumnann, of ICSR @ Kings College, has a broader remit 'ICSR Insight – ISIS And Terrorism In Europe: What Next?'.
    Link:http://icsr.info/2018/02/icsr-insigh...m-europe-next/
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    A PhD thesis available for free: 'Right-Wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis' and the Abstract says:
    Using new and unique events data, this thesis examines the evolution of right-wing terrorism and violence in post-WWII Western Europe. Notably, the thesis shows that that the number of deadly events has declined in Western Europe under conditions commonly assumed to stimulate right-wing violence, such as increased immigration and growing support for radical right parties. It also shows that some countries have experienced considerably more right-wing violence than others between 1990 and 2015. To explain this variation, the thesis identifies two explanatory models. In Northern Europe, right-wing violence has been most extensive in countries characterized by high immigration combined with low support for anti-immigration parties and public repression of radical right actors and opinions. In Southern Europe, right-wing violence has been most extensive in countries characterized by authoritarian legacies combined with socio-economic hardship and extensive left-wing terrorism. Finally, the thesis offers an in-depth study of the Nordic countries aimed at explaining why right-wing terrorism and militancy have been more widespread in Sweden than in Denmark, Finland, and Norway.
    Link:https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/60365 or http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-63024
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    Default Continental EU Anti-Terrorism Operations

    No pre-existing thread for the following, so this opening tale of recidivist ISIS miscreants.

    Police in the Netherlands have arrested seven men over an alleged plot to carry out what they describe as a major terrorist attack involving guns and explosives.

    Police say the men were trying to source AK47s, hand grenades and bomb materials to carry out their attack.

    The men, aged between 21 and 34, were arrested on Thursday.

    Three had been arrested previously for trying to travel abroad to join foreign militants.

    Prosecutors say the man at the centre of the group is a 34-year-old of Iraqi origin, who was convicted in 2017 for trying to travel to fight for the Islamic State group.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45673221
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    Default Europe to Terrorists: Itís No More Monsieur Nice Guy

    A WSJ commentary by Thomas Hegghammer, a Norwegian SME on CT; it may be behind a registration wall. He ends with:
    This hardening of European attitudes toward terrorism didnít happen overnight. Itís part of a longer trend that began after 9/11 and accelerated starting in 2012, when European foreign fighters started going to Syria in large numbers. We should not exaggerate its repressive character. Torture and other egregious practices arenít on the table, and the hard measures have been accompanied by many soft programs to prevent and mitigate violent extremism. The hardening is also uneven, with France adopting a tougher approach than countries like Sweden. Still, the changes are substantial and amount to a paradigm shift in European counterterrorism. Itís still early, but the new approach appears to be working. There are fewer European jihadists fighting on foreign battlefields. Domestic attacks and casualties are substantially down in 2018ónot because plotting has decreased, but because authorities are foiling more attempts. For the longer term, the main challenge will be preventing militants who come out of prison from regrouping.
    Europeís struggle with jihadism is far from over. The new, more muscular approach poses serious questions about civil liberties, minority rights and radicalization in prisons. But Europe can no longer be described as soft on terrorism.
    Link:https://www.wsj.com/articles/europe-...guy-1538950931
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    Default A Corbyn Government Would Be a Terrorist Threat to the Western World

    A Corbyn Government Would Be a Terrorist Threat to the Western World

    https://besacenter.org/perspectives-...rorist-threat/

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The intense public discussion on anti-Semitism in the UK Labour party has almost entirely overshadowed the problem of the huge risk a Corbyn-led government would represent to the Western world. Corbyn, a terrorist sympathizer, and various problematic associates of his would gain access to intelligence gathered by the British security services. How safe would it then be for other Western countries to continue to share high-level intelligence with their British colleagues?
    A Jewish Think Tank focused on informing Israeli leaders, so clearly bias may be a factor in this analysis. Furthermore, a long history of bad blood between Israel and UK. Nonetheless, like to hear what our friends from the UK think? Complete BS? Half truths?

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