In a series of attacks on "precisely chosen targets," nine Islamic State militants wrought devastation in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, killing at least 130 people.
A year later, the world is still grappling with violence exported from Iraq and Syria and carried out by those influenced by the missive to build an Islamic caliphate, even as the group's footprint shrinks.
How did Europe get to this point? And why is it so hard for authorities to stop it? This is a look back at The Post's reporting on a year of attacks, and an attempt to explain how we got there.
The attacks in Paris began at just after 9 p.m. Nov. 13, a Friday night that began like any other. More than 80,000 packed the Stade de France to watch the French national soccer team take on Germany. The City of Love, home to 2.2 million, was bustling.
Most of the dead were killed at the Bataclan concert hall, a Paris landmark where the Eagles of Death Metal, an American band, was performing. Twenty minutes before gunmen entered the Bataclan, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing a passerby outside the Stade de France. Gunmen killed 39 at three different eateries across the city.
Young survivors from the Bataclan struggled for months to recover.
"You will not have my hate," many Europeans declared on social media following the attacks, in a message directed toward the Islamic State. On talk shows all across the continent, anchors and experts cited numbers that average citizens were still more likely to drown than to be killed in an attack.
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