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This Happened - March 22: Terror In Brussels

The Brussels suicide attacks took place on this day in 2016, at the Zaventem airport and the Maalbeek metro station. A total of 32 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured in the attacks.

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Cameron Tax Info, CIA On Waterboarding, Calling Shotgun


British Prime Minister David Cameron released information from his 2009-2015 tax returns yesterday in an attempt to defuse controversy about how he profited from his late father's offshore fund, The Independent reports. The details about the family's investment company were leaked last week in the so-called Panama Papers.

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Egypt Plane Hijacked, Brussels Toll Reaches 35, Smoking Quiz


A Cairo-bound commercial jet that was re-routed to Cyprus this morning was hijacked over what appears to be a personal matter involving a woman, The Guardian reports. The hijacker is reportedly still holding seven hostages in the plane that landed at the Cypriot city of Larnaca 7:50 a.m. local time. The man reportedly threw a letter from the plane, asking it to be delivered to his Cyprian ex-wife. Reuters reports that the hijacker has made a political demand for unspecified female prisoners in Egypt to be released. Meanwhile, one Egyptian minister said of the hijacker, "He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot."

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Belgium, Finding The Proper Way To Soldier On

Many locals are trying to maintain a so-called "belgitude" after last week's deadly terror. But the city's vulnerability is on full display.


BRUSSELS — It's strange to watch how much international solidarity a country is met with when tragedy strikes, even if the beleaguered country has been criticized and held responsible for the very forces that have caused the hardship. Brave little Belgium is back on the world's radar, it seems.

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Terror in Europe
Farhad Khosrokhavar

Converts, Women, Middle-Class — European Jihadism Expands Its Reach

PARIS — Jihadism in Europe seems to always be one step ahead of European security services, which despite enhanced cooperation remain fundamentally national operations. Paradoxically, terrorism is unifying Europe with a sense of common identity in the face of the attacks in Paris and Brussels, which seem as if they could have just as well occurred in their own country. Already, this was partly the case after the attacks in Madrid (2004) and London (2005). Yet, since then, many changes have affected the landscape of European terrorism, which we must now consider when developing a more efficient system for combating it.

Note first that what we can call "sub-zones" of terrorism have been formed beyond national borders. The first relevant such sub-zone is Franco-Belgian. Terrorists based in Belgium who prepared the November 13 attacks could be Flemish or Walloon, the fact remains that they showed an anti-French atavism related to their origins, namely the former Algerian and Moroccan colonies.

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Brussels Raids, Pope's Foot Washing, Permission To Pee


Brussels police launched a series of raids overnight after Tuesday's deadly terror attacks, detaining at least six people — three of them in a vehicle right outside the prosecutor's office, Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported. Two people were taken into custody in Brussels' Jette neighborhood, and another was detained in a different part of the Belgian capital. There were even more arrests during a raid this morning in the Forest neighborhood of Brussels, CNN reports.

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Maurizio Molinari*

From Raqqa To Rome, Only Clarity Of Purpose Can Defeat ISIS

In Brussels, the jihadists have again shown they have a plan, which extends from the Middle East to the heart of Europe. The West must urgently get one of its own.


TURIN — In Brussels, just like in Paris before — Europe is under attack. A well-trained commando of followers of the caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), developed a minutely detailed plan to strike and cause the greatest possible number of civilian casualties, unleashing chaos and pointedly revealing the inability of local security forces to defend their territory. It's a guerrilla tactic that originates in the jihadist training camps of the caliphate, in Syrian and Iraqi territories, and it reveals the creation of a kind of "Ministry of Foreign Operations" in Raqqa, capable of issuing orders and following operations at a distance. It also suggests that a campaign of attacks against European cities is already well underway.

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Brussels Manhunt, "Reprehensible" Exxon, Viva La Vinyl


Belgian police are hunting two suspects believed to have participated in Tuesday's Brussels terror attacks that killed at least 31 people and injured 270, Le Monde reports. One of them can be seen on airport security footage accompanying killers Ibrahim el-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui. Police believe he fled after dropping off a bag containing a bomb and that the other at-large suspect was in the Brussels metro with the third bomber, Khalid el-Bakraoui, moments before his accomplice blew himself up. According to the newspaper, the three dead suicide bombers, and potentially the other two suspects, were part of the Paris terrorist network and known to the police. Laachraoui is believed to have made the bombs used in November in Paris. Turkish President Erdogan told reporters yesterday that Ibrahim el-Bakraoui had been arrested in Turkey and deported to Europe last June as a potential Islamist militant, claims that represent "a major political embarrassment for Belgium," the Financial Times writes.

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Brussels-Paris Links, Cruz-Sanders Hang On, Sarah's Next Gig


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Terror in Europe

Terror In Brussels, 21 World Front Pages

Most of the world's front pages Wednesday are dedicated to the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the day after a series of explosions attacks killed at least 34 and wounded hundreds.


"The day everyone feared" — De Standaard

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"Right in our heart" — De Tijd

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"Our darkest day" — Het Belang Van Limburg

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"Hold strong" — Le Soir

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De Morgen

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Terror in Europe
Richard Werly

Why Can't European Police Stop The Terrorist Onslaught?

Coming four months after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, the series of explosions Tuesday in Brussels show that terrorist networks in Europe are one step ahead of authorities, who struggle with the Schengen border loopholes and collaboration between nationa


PARIS — It's 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve addresses the cameras before joining an emergency security meeting called by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. At virtually the same moment, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is convening a similar summit in Brussels.

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