Paris attacks prompt European terror sweep
Boston Herald - 01/17/2015
After years of worrying about the potential for terror attacks as hundreds of fighters returned from Syria with fresh combat skills, European security officials mobilized yesterday, swooping in on the jihadist cells they’d been monitoring for months.
“Western authorities have warned about jihadists traveling to conflict zones and then coming back to attack the West ever since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003,” said Max Abrahms, a terrorism analyst and professor at Northeastern University. “For a while it seemed as if this expressed concern may have been overstated because there were remarkably few examples, but the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen that fear materialize across western Europe.”