“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 lockdown. 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.
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