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Manchester Bombing Foreshadows Another Fraught Ramadan

The Manchester bombing is a stunning reminder that, despite ISIS losing territory in the Middle East, its appeal isn’t totally lost on young Muslims living in the West.

The suicide bomber in Monday night’s terrorist attack in Manchester, England has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. He was the son of Libyan refugees who fled Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, but Abedi grew up in Manchester. According to police, he was “known to authorities,” but it’s not entirely clear in what capacity, and worshiped at a mosque suspected of funding jihadists. Abedi’s brother has been arrested, according to British police, and there have been raids throughout the city in connection with the bombing.

Although this isn’t only a foreign policy matter (the West has a real problem with the radicalized children of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries) the attack and bomber’s profile, as far as we currently know, are stark reminders of the continued threat of ISIS and why the United States needs to adopt policies that encourage stability in the Middle East.

Ramadan: a Month of Prayer for Many Different Reasons

The horrific bombing, which left 22 dead and more than 50 wounded, comes just four days before the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan that goes until June 24. Ramadan is the month when the Quran was supposedly revealed to the prophet Mohammed. It is a time of fasting, prayer, and contemplation for Muslims around the world. But it has also been a time of heightened terror attacks. Last year, experts predicted that Ramadan would bring an increase in terror attacks from ISIS, and it did.

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