The Belgian neighborhood indelibly linked to jihad

November 16, 2015 1:13 AM

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The Belgian neighborhood indelibly linked to jihad

BRUSSELS — Just across the canal from the chic cafes, businesses and elegant buildings that define the heart of Belgium’s capital is the neighborhood of Molenbeek, a largely Muslim area that has become one of the world’s main breeding grounds of violent Islamist extremists.

Belgian police conducted raids in the area Saturday night and early Sunday morning and arrested seven people suspected of knowledge or involvement with the bloody attacks in Paris, which would not be the first time that people from Molenbeek have taken part in international terrorism. A Belgian car ...

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