Saturday, March 26, 2016
What the Brussels attacks tell us about the state of ISIS and Europe today Daniel L. Byman
The attack in Brussels is another sobering indicator of the emergent European front in the fight against the Islamic State. As I wrote in The New York Times on Wednesday, ISIS’ recent battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria threaten the narrative of success that has been the foundation of its tremendous popularity and power. If the Islamic State cannot triumph militarily against the increasingly successful U.S- led coalition, the group will have to look elsewhere for victories. Unfortunately, Europe is a natural and attractive target for the jihadists, as it struggles with the refugee crisis, obstacles to cooperation on counterterrorism, and longstanding difficulties with Muslim integration.read more..