“Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared
back in March. The warning from the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) was stark, but
not all countries in the continent reacted with urgency. Some countries were yet to go into
But an unlikely voice concurred with Ghebreyesus. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) Al-
Naba newsletter warned supporters not to set foot in the “land of the epidemic.” That might seem
like good news, but there are already plenty of Islamic State—and those animated by a broader
jihadist ideology—already living in the continent. That means that the tempo of plots in Europe has
remained relatively steady, even during the pandemic.
This piece originally appeared at Foreign Policy.