Black Friday Attacks Highlight Extremist Threat

Attacks by self-styled Islamists against a factory in France, a beach resort in Tunisia and a Shia mosque in Kuwait on 26 June do not appear to have been coordinated action by a single group against a particular target. But the individual acts of violence across three continents point to the increasing threat of radicalization among Muslim youth in nations convulsed by post-revolution tremors.

The devastating and rare attack by a lone suicide bomber against a Shia mosque in Kuwait, which has never witnessed an assault on this scale, has shaken the Gulf monarchies to the core while exposing the ever deepening divide between Shia and Sunni, a schism that has been fueled by the crises in Iraq and, more recently, in Yemen. (CONTINUED - 1556 WORDS)