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In fact, Las Ramblas – one of the city's most popular tourist attractions – is itself a symbol of openness: more than 30 nationalities were represented among the victims.With Daesh (ISIS), the main inspiration for transnational terror nowadays, facing near-total defeat on the ground, the group is scrambling to use what weapons it still possesses – namely, its large ability to inspire young would-be terrorists around the world.International Daesh "sleeper cells" do not necessarily comprise graduates from Daesh training camps in countries like Iraq and Syria, as was typically the case with Al-Qaeda attacks in the past. In the case of the Barcelona attack, the Moroccan imam Abdel-Baki Essatty, who died in an explosion at the terror cell's bomb-making factory, is thought have been responsible for radicalizing the young attackers. The war against Islamist terrorism is far from over.The recent knife attack in Finland, carried out by a Moroccan teen, underscores the reality that a country need not play a major role in the coalition against Daesh in Syria and Iraq to become a target; it is enough to be an open European society.While national-level action, such as Spain's anti-terror cooperation with Morocco, is necessary, it can work only in the context of broader European action, including intelligence-sharing, migrant policy, and collaboration among police and security forces.
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