Security agencies report a growing number of European Islamists joining the Syrian rebel effort. Germany is among the countries worried that the volunteers could remain dangerous when they return.
Prosecutors have suggested that a Syrian man may have acted on extremist sympathies when he staged the attack. The suspect allegedly demanded permission to join the "Islamic State" in Syria during police negotiations.
Intelligence officials in Germany thwarted a 2016 attack that was planned by the "Islamic State" militant group. A couple who traveled to Syria was said to be trying to send teams of militants back to Germany.
Of course, the main concern in Syria's last opposition-held province is the trapped civilians. But the area is also a stronghold of radical jihadis, writes Rainer Hermann of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
New Delhi has refused to engage in a dialogue with Islamabad until Pakistan ends its alleged support to militants in the disputed Kashmir region. The US has also piled pressure on Islamabad to act against jihadists.
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