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Islamist Terrorism in EuropeA History$
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Petter Nesser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190264024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264024.001.0001

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A Heterogeneous Threat (2011–15)

A Heterogeneous Threat (2011–15)

(p.267) 9 A Heterogeneous Threat (2011–15)
Islamist Terrorism in Europe

Petter Nesser

Oxford University Press

Chapter Nine examines jihadi terrorism in Europe in the wake of the Arab Spring and the death of bin Laden. It details a situation where the threat to Europe was becoming increasingly heterogeneous, combining trends from the past with new features. The Syrian war and the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (IS) has further complicated the picture in creating a volatile and unpredictable threat situation from 2014 onwards. Chapter Nine also concludes the study by addressing the January 2015 shock attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices. By viewing these attacks from a historical perspective, the chapter ties together different phases of jihadism in Europe including GIA terrorism in the 1990s, the threat from al-Qaida throughout the 2000s and the emerging threat of IS.

Keywords:   Arab Spring, AQAP, Syrian war, ISIS, IS, Charlie Hebdo, GIA

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