Unable to conduct traditional military operations, extremist groups such as ISIL attack civilian populations with the aim of inducing fear and terror and polarizing communities to further their harmful ideology. As extremist groups choose to use terror as a weapon to engage in asymmetric warfare around the world and to take the fight to their enemy, we as a society, need to decide what we can all do to fight back.

What do the terrorist attacks in Paris have in common with almost all the other attacks in Europe in the past decade? Molenbeek . This small district in Belgium has gained notoriety as being the hometown for most of Europe’s terrorists. What is it about Molenbeek that has made it Europe’s production factory for havoc?

The terror attacks mounted by radicalized groups around the world are exactly that. They are terrifying attacks. By attacking civilians in what would normally be a benign environment they induce feelings of terror in the wider population, which is ultimately their weapon of choice.

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace Global Terrorism Index (GTI) of 2014, violent acts of terrorism have increased dramatically, with estimates indicating a five-fold upsurge since 2000. In total throughout the last 15 years there have been over 48,000 terrorist incidents which have claimed over 107,000 lives.

As facts and information regarding the San Bernardino attacks are still falling into place commentators continue to go back and forth about whether the attack was an act of terrorism, a mass murder or simply a mass shooting as we have seen over 350 times this year.

“Hellfire awaits you. Europe is shaking. Russia is dying.” These words uttered in an Islamic State (DAESH) propaganda video in November 2015 projected a new vision of DAESH ideology.

The world mourns for Paris. A bloody Friday night of November the 13th kicked off what was supposed to be a regular weekend in Paris. The attacks that hit the city of lights were the worst violence in France since World War II, a series of terror attacks that killed more than 120 people.

There is a potent mix of Islamic extremism, cultural isolation, political instability and crime in Thailand’s Southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala that have led to over 6,000 murders and double as many injuries from various terrorist acts over the last 11 years.

The world is still in mourning for the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris a few days ago. The execution of a Malaysian citizen Bernand Then, snatched from a restaurant in Malaysian territory six months ago by Abu Sayyaf has shown just how inept and impotent governments are to terror attacks around the world.

This is the great security threat of our age; the radicalization of frustrated Sunni Muslim youth in our homelands by a false narrative that they are under 'attack' physically, culturally and religiously from the West and so act aggressively often violently against 'the West' (non-Muslim), its sense of superiority and its icons of success whether they be transport systems, capital cities or our cosmopolitan lifestyles and places of recreation.

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