Even if Isis is defeated in Syria and Iraq, its foreign reach has taken on a life of its own

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This article originally appeared in the International Business Times 

Just after 2:30pm yesterday afternoon, a terrorist mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before jumping out near Parliament and stabbing a police officer to death. Three people were murdered, forty were injured, and the attacker was shot dead. The Islamic State (Isis) has now claimed the attack.

The most important question is whether the terrorist had co-conspirators. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament this morning that it is “believed that this attacker acted alone”. It is crucial that this is not misread as saying that the attacker was a ‘lone wolf’.

The arrests in Birmingham overnight suggest that this killer could have been part of a broader network, which would be consistent with the pattern of IS behaviour…

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