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Islamic State, eyeing Europe, could launch attacks this year, U.N. warns

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Less than five months after the military defeat of the Islamic State group in Syria, a U.N. report is warning that the group’s leaders could launch internatio­nal terrorist attacks before the end of the year, including those intended to “exacerbate existing dissent and unrest” in European nations.

In a bleak assessment of the global spread of jihadi movements, a report by U.N. analysts on the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee said Islamic State leaders, despite their military defeat in Syria and Iraq, are “adapting, consolidat­ing and creating conditions for an eventual resurgence” in those countries.

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