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In this 6,600-word BuzzFeed News report, veteran Middle East reporter Mitchell Prothero reveals the obstacles EU officials face in fighting some 10,000 potential terrorists, either homegrown or sent from ISIS battlefields. He interviews anonymous – mostly French and Belgian – intelligence officials, thus depending on unattributed sources, but he knows his stuff. getAbstract urges those interested in how the EU fights terrorism to heed Prothero’s urgent concern about its lack of a central antiterrorism force. With the ISIS threat, he says, Europe must fight differently.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What challenges EU law enforcement agencies face in combating terrorism,
  • Why catching terrorists and anticipating their attacks is so difficult, and
  • How ISIS pits Europe’s Muslims and non-Muslims against each other in an atmosphere where some Muslims are sympathetic to ISIS and young men invisibly radicalize.

About the Author

Longtime Middle East reporter Mitchell Prothero is a former McClatchy Iraq bureau chief. He is BuzzFeed News’s 2016-2017 Michael Hastings national security fellow.



In the summer of 2014, police in Brussels pursued two ISIS suspects linked to a man charged in the May murder of four people. During the surveillance, investigators followed the suspects’ bugged car, but when the suspects suddenly switched from French to Arabic, the cops had no translator. By the time...

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