Terrorism

The Only Way to Prevent Lone Wolf Attacks

Intelligence services can detect lone-wolf behavior online, but many citizens won't like what that means.

This time, Germany.

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Recent high-profile terror attacks pose a new challenge for police and intelligence services. All seem to be the work of lone wolf actors. Yet police and intelligence services, by the nature of their work, target groups. It's possible to adjust that focus, but that would require Western societies to make an important trade-off. 

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