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A Year After Madrid Attacks, Europe Stalled in Terror Fight

Last March, when a series of bombs ripped through four rush-hour commuter trains, killing 191 people and injuring more than 1,500, the attack was widely seen as Europe’s 9/11 — a shock that would force governments to take coordinated action against a terrorist threat that had moved to their soil. One year later, Europe’s fight against terrorism remains hampered by some of the same national rivalries, fragmented intelligence services and bureaucratic obstacles that existed before the blasts of March 11, 2004, according to analysts, diplomats and other experts. About 75 people — the majority of them Moroccan nationals — have been arrested in connection with the attacks, and 23 remain in prison. But central questions of who organized them, and how, remain unanswered.Full Story

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