Why Brussels — and What’s Next?

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March 22, 2016
by Patrice Taddonio Digital Writer & Audience Development Strategist

People bring flowers and candles to mourn at Place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels, on Tues., March 22. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Earlier this morning, Brussels was hit by terror attacks on its airport and a subway station — a development that comes four days after Paris bombing suspect Salah Abdeslam was apprehended in the Belgian city’s Molenbeek district. The attacks reportedly killed at least 30 people and injured more than 200. The terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility.

To explore the context of today’s attacks, FRONTLINE went live on Facebook for a conversation between ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella — who has been covering extremism in Europe for years, and just returned from a reporting trip to Brussels for an upcoming FRONTLINE/ProPublica documentary — and FRONTLINE senior producer Dan Edge.

Watch their Q&A — which covered everything from the role Abdeslam’s capture may have played in the timing of the attack on Brussels, to why Belgium has produced so many ISIS recruits, to how international counterterrorism efforts may unfold in the coming weeks — below:

In the wake of the Brussels attacks, we're live with ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella, who has been covering extremism in Europe for years and just returned from trip to Brussels. He's joined by FRONTLINE (PBS) senior producer Dan Edge.

Posted by FRONTLINE on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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