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Though British officials have foiled far more terrorist plots than they’ve missed, the United Kingdom is on edge after its fifth terrorist attack this year alone. Reuters/Kevin Coombs

London train bombing: Why is Europe seeing so many terrorist attacks?

The September 15 London train bombing that injured 30 was the UK's fifth terror attack this year. A security expert looks at why Europe has been seeing more frequent and bloodier jihadist assaults.
A 1932 photograph showing the minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, Mosul. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

The enduring power of Mosul’s rich and diverse past

As Mosul rebuilds, its history is a reminder that Islam is not a rigid rulebook of regulations and prohibitions, but a complex religion that has often embraced many traditions.
A makeshift memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack in Barcelona. Police killed five men August 18 believed to have been involved. AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

Are Islamic State recruits more street gang members than zealots?

With terrorists striking again in Spain and in Finland, one cannot help but ask -- again -- why people want to follow the Islamic State. Some new theories are emerging.
What’s the role of faith in service? European Commission DG ECHO

How religion motivates people to give and serve

Religious values, deeply rooted in texts, serve as an important motivator for giving. Religious Americans volunteer more, give more, and give more often.
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State. Reuters/Sergio Perez

Striking in al-Ándalus: why Islamic State attacked Spain

The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
At least 16 people have died, and scores more have been injured, in a terror attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas strip. Reuters

Barcelona attack: a long war against Islamic terrorism is our reality

Barcelona 2017, London 2017, Berlin 2016, Nice 2016. In all of these cases the weapon of choice was a vehicle, driven at speed, into crowds innocently going about their daily business. Barcelona is just…
Iraqis celebrate the recapture of Mosul from Islamic State. Reuters/Wissm Al-Okili

Mosul is taken back, but Islamic State is not finished yet

While Islamic State might be taking significant blows, including the recapture of the key Iraqi city, there is no reason to expect the violent and radical group will disappear.

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