This week’s terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France, by a radicalized French Muslim illustrates that jihadis still pose a security threat in the West. But since late 2013, jihadis have also become a threat to other jihadis on battlefields across the Middle East, in what observers are calling a jihadi civil war.
The Last Days of ISIS
Across Europe, thousands of people who traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State have returned home, and governments don’t always know what to do with them. In Belgium and elsewhere, many have been incarcerated, but the potential for prison radicalization puts Europe at risk of future attacks.
After seven years of war in Syria, the endgame is here. All major frontlines have been frozen by foreign intervention, and military action now hinges on externally brokered political deals. The result could be a de facto division of the country, given the three remaining areas outside regime control.