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Authorities say former members of a Paris neighborhood gang ended up aiding the Charlie Hebdo attack, recruiting militant fighters to Syria. More »

Sentences are short compared to the U.S.; two Charlie Hebdo attackers and another suspected plotter, now in Yemen, cycled through French jails. More »

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U.S. Identifies ISIS Planner in Attacks on Europe

State Department sanctions a former soldier in the French Foreign Legion as a senior plotter as French authorities roll up an ISIS network said to be planning new attacks.

U.S. Identifies Key Player in ISIS Attacks on Europe

American officials say the investigation of the assaults on Paris and Brussels has led them to a shadowy Moroccan militant who was raised in Southern France and now lives in Syria.

How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism

The ISIS attacks on France and Belgium exposed weaknesses in Europe’s approach to borders and information sharing that counterterror officials had warned about for years. The vulnerabilities remain largely unaddressed.

Coming Soon From ProPublica and Frontline: ‘Terror in Europe’

The recent series of terror attacks in France and Belgium lay bare an array of security shortcomings, most of which remain unaddressed. ProPublica and Frontline examine what went wrong and why it is so hard for Europe to protect itself from the growing threat.

ISIS via WhatsApp: ‘Blow Yourself Up, O Lion’

A trove of communications from ISIS plots and activity in Europe reveals a mix of direct control and improvisation and shows the crucial importance of encrypted messaging tools. “Detonate your belt in the crowds,” one message declared.

The Best Reporting on Europe’s Terrorism Threat

In the wake of the Brussels Attacks, we've rounded up some of the best reporting on Europe's growing terror threat.

Belgium’s Deadly Circles of Terror

Coordinated bombings in Brussels may have been in the works for some time, aided by an underworld where crime and extremism blur together.

Video: Discussing the Brussels Attacks

In the wake of the Brussels terror bombings, ProPublica senior reporter Sebastian Rotella and Frontline senior producer Dan Edge discuss extremism in Europe.

The View From Counterterror’s Front Lines

Veteran European law enforcement officials, one of them Muslim, reflect on the roots of the Paris attacks, the tense aftermath and the debate about the effectiveness of counterterror forces.

What’s the Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

Officials are again pointing to the need for mass surveillance to take down terrorists. Here’s what we know about how well it works.

Trail of Paris Attackers Winds to Terrorism’s Longtime Outpost

As a pre-dawn raid today outside Paris targets suspected mastermind of last week’s attack, his roots point to the shadow Belgium casts over the terror threat in Europe.

Terror in Paris and Beirut: An ISIS Reading Guide

Our reading guide on ISIS and the recent attacks in Paris and Beirut.

Two Who Moved Through Europe’s Revolving-Door Prisons Get Terrorist Designation

Authorities say former members of a Paris neighborhood gang ended up aiding the Charlie Hebdo attack, recruiting militant fighters to Syria.

Europe’s Revolving-Door Prisons Compound Growing Terror Threat

Sentences are short compared to the U.S.; two Charlie Hebdo attackers and another suspected plotter, now in Yemen, cycled through French jails.

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