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Connecting the dots between Syria and the Brussels attacks

Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.      / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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Soldiers stand guard in front of the central train station on November 22, 2015 in Brussels, as the Belgian capital remained on the highest security alert level over fears of a Paris-style attack.

Since the civil war began in Syria in 2011, security experts have feared that the war-torn country will become a breeding ground for a new legion of Islamist terrorists.

Since the civil war began in Syria in 2011, security experts have feared that the war-torn country will become a breeding ground for a new legion of Islamist terrorists.

And yesterday’s terror attacks on Brussels are proof once again that any long-term counterterrorism strategy must include ways to stabilize Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Guest:

Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports, and articles on terrorism-related topics, including “Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?” (Prometheus Books, 2008)

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